The Dark Half


The Dark Half

Critics Consensus

The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary.



Total Count: 30


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Writing under the name of Richard Bachman, Stephen King's twisted musing on his own experiment with an alter-ego spawns this horror tale of a writer whose pseudonym takes on a deadly reality, heralding a vicious killing spree, with all the clues quite naturally pointing straight back at him.

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Timothy Hutton
as Thad Beaumont/George Stark
Amy Madigan
as Liz Beaumont
Michael Rooker
as Alan Panghorn
Rutanya Alda
as Miriam Cowley
Chelsea Field
as Annie Pangborn
Kent Broadhurst
as Mike Donaldson
Tom Mardirosian
as Rick Cowley
Patrick Brannan
as Young Thad Beaumont
Larry John Meyers
as Doc Pritchard
Christine Forrest
as Trudy Wiggins
Royal Dano
as Digger Holt
Beth Grant
as Shayla Beaumont
Christina Romero
as Little Girl
Rohn Thomas
as Dr. Albertson
Nardi Novak
as Pangborn's Receptionist
Judy Grafe
as Head Nurse
Zachary Mott
as Norris Ridgewick
John Machione
as Male Nurse
Erik Jensen
as Male Student
William Cameron
as Officer Hamilton
Glenn Colerider
as Homer Gamache
David W. Butler
as Trooper #1
Curt Debor
as Trooper #2
Lamont Arnold
as NYC Cop #1
Lee Hayes
as NYC Cop #2
David Earle
as Officer #2
Elizabeth Parker
as Wendy & William Beaumont
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Audience Reviews for The Dark Half

  • Oct 30, 2013
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    Stephen king adaption that is given a boost thanks to an impressive script by Romero. I really thought this would fall into the poor king adaptions but I was quite shocked at how restraint Romero was on the material. Timothy Hutton is criminally underrated as an actor and he shows why here. He really plays the film with a quiet manner which makes the later half of the film much more. I found the supporting cast quite overshadowed by Hutton. Romero directing and writing is a risk but he seems to inhabit kings works better then most. The pair teamed for creepshow so it would seem they work well together. The screenplay is not over the top but its the pacing that really hurts the film. I really thought this would be your basic poor king adaption but what is delivered really shocked me. Much better then secret window this is a true king adaption
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2010
    A creepy well-made and acted supernatural thriller, based of a novel by Stephen King. About a successful writer superbly played by Timothy Hutton who decides to separate himself from his notorious nom de plume, when he is threatened with exposure, he announces the death of his alter ego, which causes his evil "Dark Half" to come to life, and go on a killing spree, making sure that all clues point to Hutton, making him the prime suspect. Fine direction by genre veteran George A. Romero, with some good suspense, and solid supporting performances from Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy and Chelsea Field. But the film belongs to Hutton in a very impressive dual turn as the passive writer and his murderous alter ego, who is almost unrecognizable with his cat-like walk, southern accent that is dead on, and slick back hair. A interesting and entertaining film. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer

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