The Dark Half (1993)




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Marking the first collaboration between horror legends George A. Romero and Stephen King since 1982's Creepshow, this moody, atmospheric adaptation of King's novel was actually completed in 1991, but the highly-publicized bankruptcy of its distributor Orion Pictures in that same year nearly doomed The Dark Half to distribution limbo. King's story revolves around successful author Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton), whose popularity on the college circuit owes a great deal to the financial success of … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: George A. Romero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2001
Orion Home Video


as Thad Beaumont/George...

as Liz Beaumont

as Alan Panghorn

as Reggie

as Fred

as Miriam Cowley

as Annie Pangborn

as Mike Donaldson

as Rick Cowley

as Young Thad Beaumont

as Doc Pritchard

as Trudy Wiggins

as Digger Holt

as Shayla Beaumont

as Little Girl

as Dr. Albertson

as Pangborn's Reception...

as Head Nurse

as Norris Ridgewick

as Male Nurse

as Officer Hamilton

as Male Student

as Homer Gamache

as Trooper #1

as Trooper #2

as NYC Cop #1

as NYC Cop #2

as Officer #2

as Wendy & William Beau...
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Half

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | April 23, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Dark Half


Overlong, nonsensical horror flick wastes a good cast on twaddle. On top of everything else the ending is very weak. Julie Harris' screen time amounts to about five minutes.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Every narrative writer is faced with a predicament in how to navigate the conclusion of his story. Shall he embrace the optimistic side of his personality with a love-conquers-all finale or shall he trek down the nihilistic path? In the brooding 'The Dark Half', the devalued Timothy Hutton stunningly plays both Thad and George in quaking dual performances. George is a frightening Southern gent who is endowed with a gallows sense of humor ("What's going on here?" "A murder. You want some?"). Any collaboration between George Romero and Stephen King is a plausible reason for rejoice among horror fans and like their anthology picture 'Creepshow', 'The Dark Half' is a rakish, darkly funny thriller that rummages through philosophical quandaries around the physical manifestation of one's inner demons and a writer's dependent relationship with his material. Even though Romero utilizes Thad's twin babies as child-in-danger plights, it doesn't nosedive into exploitation. The sparrow attack is a tad heavy-handed and needlessly gore-drenched, but the rest of 'The Dark Half' is a spooky showcase for the versatile talents of Hutton.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

I loved this horror movie based on a King novel, the story is sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or one of those classics, but in a modern setting. Like many of King's stories, it's about a writer too. I loved it.

Aj V

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