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The Dark Half (1991)

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Aug 14, 2001

Orion Home Video

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Romero's adapation of King's novella is not a great horror flick but a decent genre item.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Should satisfy mostly hardcore fans of the horror genre.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Legendary horror director George A. Romero takes this material seriously and lends a real intimacy -- and real dread -- to it.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film is sleek and enjoyable, with a highly amusing Timothy Hutton in the dual role of nice-guy Thad and vicious George.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A wicked good time

March 11, 2006
Moviehole

Effective thriller from Romero and King. Hutton gives a solid dual performance.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Certainly nothing brilliant, but King fans may find something to enjoy.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

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.
December 9, 2013
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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.
October 30, 2013
Cory Taylor

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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.
May 23, 2011
ajv2688

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I really loved this, it was a great mystery. It's a really good Stephen King adaption that gets down the creep factor of the novel. While it doesn't have the best cast, it does have a great overall plot and characters. George A. Romero's style is not as present as usual, which I think is a real testament to his talent. It is more Stephen King's style and way of storytelling, which is really respectful. Sometimes being true to the story is more beneficial for the overall movie, rather than getting that directorial stamp in.
June 4, 2010
ythelastman89

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