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The Dark Half (1993) Poster

(1993)

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The Dark Half was the last novel 'Stephen King (I)' wrote before going totally sober. His addiction and his desire to go sober are reflected in the book's themes of dual personalities.
According to author Stephen King the story of this film was part autobiographical as it was inspired by the events that led to him revealing his own writing pseudonym of 'Richard Bachman'.
The original novel mentions a character, who's never seen, by the name of Wilma who's catchphrase is "Just call me Billy." This is a clear reference to the character of Wilma in The Crate, a short story by Stephen King that was adapted by King as a segment of Creepshow also directed by George Romero.
In the prologue of this Stephen King adaptation, Thad Beaumont wants to become a writer and is shown writing stories. The title of his first typewritten story is "Here There Be Tygers", which is also the real title of the first short story King wrote in his career. The story can be found in King's "Skeleton Crew" anthology.
Villain George Stark's name is a homage to infamous serial killer Charles Starkweather.
In total 4,500 Cut Throat Finches were used for the sparrows in the film. The birds would consume 100 pounds of birdseed and 15 gallons of water on a daily basis during the production.
Final film of Royal Dano.
For its release in Germany the film was re-titled "Stark".
Approximately 2,000 finches were released into the sets of the Beaumont house for the shooting of the films finale.
The film's release was delayed for two years by bankruptcy problems with the films distribution company.
George Stark is named for Richard Stark, the pseudonym of Donald Westlake. He was also the source of the first name Richard in Stephen King's pseudonym, Richard Bachman.
Shot in 1991, not released until 1993.
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All of the shooting locations for the film were around the Pittsburgh, PA area. They were chosen for their close location to director 'George A. Romero''s home in Pittsburgh.
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John Hurt and 'Michael Gough' were considered for major cameos.
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According to director George A. Romero star Timothy Hutton was quite difficult to work with at times, Hutton even quit the film for a few days during the production.
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