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Novelist Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) makes a healthy living writing pulp thrillers under the pseudonym George Stark, but is frustrated that his more literary endeavours continue to go unnoticed. Eventually he decides to dump Stark for good, but as soon as he does so, his friends and colleagues start to get picked off in grisly murder scenarios. Then, when the police discover Thad's fingerprints all over the crime scenes, the novelist realises that he has a dark side to his personality which is not going to be laid to rest easily. Directed by horror maestro George Romero and based on a story by Stephen King.
Although it lacks the creepy subtleties of Stephen King's celebrated novel, George Romero's underrated adaptation of The Dark Half is among the best films based on King's fiction, with Romero taking care to honour the central theme while serving up some gruesome gore in the film's much-criticised finale. Inspired by King's own admission that he wrote several novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Dark Half explores the duality of a writer's impulse, ranging from literary respectability to the viscerally cathartic thrills of exploitative pulp fiction.
Author and teacher Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) finds himself torn between those extremes when he "kills" his profitable alter ego, George Stark (the bestselling dark half to Thad's light), who then assumes evil, autonomous form (again played by Hutton) to defend lethally his role in Thad's creative endeavours. Forced to wrestle with this evil manifestation of his own unformed twin, Thad must fight to protect his wife (Amy Madigan), their twin babies and himself. While Romero skilfully develops the twin/duality theme to explore the writer's dilemma, Hutton is outstanding in his dual roles, playing Stark (in subtly fiendish makeup) as a redneck rebel with a knack for slashing throats. Julie Harris adds class in a supporting role, and horror fans will relish Romero's climactic showdown, in which swarms of sparrows seal Stark's fate. It favours a pulp sensibility with clunky exposition to explain Stark's existence, but The Dark Half is a laudable effort from everyone involved. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Timothy Hutton is really good as Beaumont, he's even better as Stark. The film is dominated by Hutton, the cast is relatively small and with Hutton playing two characters, he's almost always on screen. Amy Madigan plays the wife of Beaumont, she plays her role well enough without it being a standout performance. Michael Rooker is slightly underused in his role as town sheriff, but he still manages to impress.
Although the film was made in 1991, it wasn't released until 1993. The studio had gone bankrupt causing a delay. It cost $15,000,000 and was a failure in terms of box office success, making roughly its money back minus marketing. According to author Stephen King, the story of this film was part autobiographical as it was inspired by events that led him to reveal his own writing pseudonym of Richard Bachman. The Dark Half is probably the most underrated of the King adaptations, despite it being a much better film than some other much more successful King films. I'm a big fan of both Romero and King, and despite this not being as good as the phenomenal Creepshow, it's a creepy, engaging, thought provoking movie.
Highly recommended if you enjoy the work of King or Romero, or just like subtle horror that requires you to think. Romero has had a couple of stinkers in the last few years, maybe another King adaptation could get him back to the level I'm sure we all want to see him at again.
First and foremost, please be aware that you will need a multi-region blu-ray player to play this as it is region A locked.
The movie: I won't go into plot details, but will say that time has been very kind to this film and it certainly plays better now than it did in the 90s. It's Romero's first foray into a studio controlled production and I have to say that he did a fantastic job with it, despite pressures to the contrary. But, to focus on the blu-ray quality. Picture is really great and definitely a step up from any dvd release. Very little grain apparent and pleasing tones on the shadowy night-time sequences which give good clarity. Sound quality is also extremely crisp and clear. If you're a fan of the film, upgrading is highly recommended. All in all, 9/10 for audio-visuals.
The extras: This is really where the blu-ray is a triumph - there's a fabulaously frank commentary from Romero et al, an incisive 45 minute and very frank 'making of', featuring most of the cast and crew and detailing just how difficult the production was, great deleted scenes which extend some scenes and also show the original ending, plus galleries and trailers. Really, you couldn't ask for more, and if the upgrade to blu-ray for the movie isn't enough to tempt you, the extras really should.
Essential for Dark Half and Romero fans, and really worth getting if you're a horror fan and don't own it on dvd.
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