Monday, July 30, 2018

(Review) The Dark Half (1993)

The Dark Half (1993)

"He's my dark half."

The Dark Half is a horror movie directed by George A. Romero, who also did the screenplay. The movie is an adaption of Stephen King's novel of the same name. It stars Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan.

Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) had been writing under the pseudonym of George Stark--even using a phony author photo--until a meddling weasel funds out and black mails him. Not wanting to pay thousands to the weasel (I sure as hell wouldn't) Thad Beaumont decides to go public with his secret of writing under George Stark. For a photo shoot, Thad metaphorically buries George Stark. Soon after, an evil presence is alive and slitting throats with a razor.

What I like about the movie? Well, I love how George A. Romero directed films. He had an eye for wonderful scenes (watch the birds fly)) and he knew how to make something suspenseful and dreadful. I also enjoyed the performances by Michael Rooker and Timothy Hutton (who was also on another King adaption, Secret Window). And the movie stuck close to the awesome novel by Stephen King and I liked the screenplay.

What I didn't like? It just didn't have that "it" factor. It felt like a straight-to-cable-television movie. (Spoiler) George Stark comes into existence, but we're never told exactly how. He just is. And the ending. It ends abruptly and leaves you wondering "Okay? So what the hell is going to happen then?" And Thad's wife--Liz Beaumont (Amy Madigan)--is so bleh and damsal-in-distress like. It was a little annoying.

The Dark Half is worth a watch, but I don't know about a second. Give it a spin.

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