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The Dark Half (1993)

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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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Cast

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
Judy Grafe
as Head Nurse
Nardi Novak
as Pangborn's Receptionist
John Machione
as Male Nurse
Zachary Mott
as Norris Ridgewick
William Cameron
as Officer Hamilton
Erik Jensen
as Male Student
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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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

another variation on the Monkey Shines conceit of Jungian shadows and Freudian id manifestations

July 11, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Film Freak Central

Romero's direction is atypically listless, and the supernatural aspects are never explained in a satisfactory manner.

November 25, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Creative Loafing

A riveting horror-thriller with a textured sense of location and encroaching menace.

November 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
TheBluFile.com

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

April 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Should satisfy mostly hardcore fans of the horror genre.

October 29, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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…
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½

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
jay nixon

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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.

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
Aj V

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