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The Dark Half (1993)

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

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Fred Clawson
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Mike Donaldson
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Shayla Beaumont
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Dr. Pritchard
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Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
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Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
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When Thad Beaumont was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumour from his brain. during the operation, it was discovered that far from being a tumor, the growth was a twin brother of Thad's that never developed. Years later, Thad is a successful author, writing his serious books under his own name, and his pulp money-makers under the pseudonum "George Stark". When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publically "buries" George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

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La mitad siniestra  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,579,068
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All of the shooting locations for the film were around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They were chosen for their close location to George A. Romero's house in Pittsburgh. See more »

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When Stark opens his straight razor to threaten Marian in her apartment, the sound effect is that of a switch blade opening. A straight razor opening would make no sound at all. See more »

Quotes

Thad Beaumont: They've come to take one of us away, haven't they? Which one?
Reggie Delesseps: The loser, of course. I do hope it's not you, Thaddeus. I'd hate to think of George Stark taking over your lecture group.
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Are You Lonesome To-night?
By Roy Turk & Lou Handman
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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One of the Better Stephen King Movies
16 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Dark Half is a very good horror movie which is not surprising considering the novel was written by Stephen King. George Romero a man who has done a wonderful job with horror movies is the man in charge of taking this from a novel to a movie and he delivers.

The plot revolves around author Thad Beaumont. Beaumont had written several best selling novels under the pseudonym George Stark. However a law student makes the connection and threatens to reveal it to everyone. Before this can happen Beaumont goes public and tells everyone he is Stark, essentially killing off his pseudonym. Stark isn't content with being dispatched and he comes to life determined to stick around. Stark then goes around killing those responsible for his demise. Beaumont must fight Stark because only one of them can survive.

Timothy Hutton does a spectacular job as both Beaumont and Stark. He really makes you believe the two are separate people but are tied together. The plot is suspenseful and full of unexpected twists. There are also supernatural elements such as the sparrows or bringers of the living dead.

So to sum it up The Dark Half is one of the better adoptions to Stephen King's works. It follows the story accurately and succeeds in scaring the audience which is the aim for horror movies.


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