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The Dark Half
The Dark Half
Actors: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy
Genres: Horror
R     1999     2hr 2min

Masters of horror Stephen King (The Shining) and George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) have created a "gripping, creepy, frightening" (L.A. Reader) film that "thrills, shocks and works us over" (Los Angeles Times)! F...  more »


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Actors: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy
Genres: Horror
Sub-Genres: Horror
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/28/1999
Original Release Date: 04/23/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 04/23/1993
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 2min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Aimee S. (Ariadnae) from SCOTTOWN, OH
Reviewed on 11/21/2008...
This is a good film, and a rare one in that it stays fairly true to the Stephen King novel of the same name. Timothy Hutton does a great job in his dual roles. A recommended film.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

It's Only Half Good.
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 12/04/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"THE DARK HALF is about a famous writer, Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton), who has been writing very successful thrillers under a different name, George Stark. When a little weasle from out of town threatens to blackmail Beaumont and blow his cover, he decides to let the world know that there is no George Stark and that he has been writing the best-selling books all along. But, what if there really is a George Stark? And what if George Stark wasn't totally real, but a part of Thad that was cut away a long time ago? And what if that George Stark came to life and starting killing people like the characters in his books do? That pretty much sums up the plot of THE DARK HALF. The movie ends in a climatic battle of the wills between Thad and George.The film contains some pretty decent acting, especially by Timothy Hutton who plays both Beumont and Stark. The directing is done by horror master George Romero and is almost faultless. Nevertheless, more so because of a lackluster script than anything else, the movie never reaches it's full potential. The movie has a great premise, an interesting plot, and begins as an enthralling thriller. However, about a third of the way through, things start to loosen up and fall apart. The mood changes and instead of an enthralling thriller, the movie feels more like a semi-suspenseful dark comedy. In the last act, the movie picks up steam again, but not enough to overcome the shortcomings of the second act. It's not a film I would recommend to buy, but it's a great movie to rent."
Good, but not Great Adaptation
Ryan Costantino | Nowhere, Special | 08/22/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Dark Half is my favorite Stephen King book and so naturally I wanted the movie to be just as good. Unfortunately I can't say that it is, although the film is somewhat true to the book. However, what comes across as eerie, creepy, or cool in the book comes across as silly and corny for much of the movie. The surgery scene, for example, where "George" is incised from Thad's head is hilarious if you haven't read the book, what with the eyeball staring out, almost as if it's saying "Feed Me"! In the book it was pretty darn scary. Performance wise, Timothy Hutton is right on, either as Thad Beaumont or George Stark. and the story is, like I said, pretty true to the book. But even the presence of the sparrows is laughable, again, if you haven't read the book. Now when I saw this I did have flashbacks to the actual reading of the book, and there were some genuine chills. But the book slays the movie any old day. Bottom line, if you're a serious Stephen King fan and you have to have everything with his name on it, go ahead and buy this movie. Or if you loved the book and want the film adaptation buy it as well. But if you're an occasional Stephen King fan or if you haven't read the book first, stay the hell away from this movie. I have to give George Romero credit for sticking with key elements of the book in his script, and some pretty good direction. But what scares in a book, in the mind's eye, doesn't necessarily translate to the silver screen!"
Good movie
yzh1 | New York | 01/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"well done movie. i liked the lines alot (like george stark by the fireplace saying "you're disturbing my peaceful frame of mind" and when thad is talking to davidson the reporter "yes i'll forgive you. but i dont think george will. as a matter of fact...". the acting for the dual role was also done well. the twin babies were really good with the appropriate expressions showing up at times. I only didnt like the ending. theres no explanation why the birds took george, as he appeared to be winning. it was just an unlikely way to end, and disappointing, as if god had just stepped in and said "OK enough of george-outta the pool" the hero didnt win the battle"