General assessment

Discussion in 'The Dark Half' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Writer Thad Beaumont takes part in a publicity scheme where he buries his pseudonym, George Stark, in a fake funeral after someone tries to blackmail him over the subterfuge. Then murders start, apparently in the name of George Stark. Has Thad gone mad?

    The story behind the Stephen King novel on which this film is based is an interesting one. The film itself is a straightforward adaptation of the book (one character is sex-changed), and works well on both the page and the screen. Timothy Hutton is convincing as both the decent Thad and his murderous alter-ego, and the supporting cast are all fine (I preferred Ed Harris as Alan Pangborn in Needful Things, but Michael Rooker does well enough). The story builds well, and the conclusion (which one might think, from the book, would be unconvincing) is actually pretty good.

    George Romero's work on Stephen King's stories has been successful - I would have liked to have seen him do more, rather concentrate (for almost his entire career) on Living Dead.
  2. no bounce no play

    no bounce no play I am Borg

    The Dark Half is the only SK story that I liked better as a film.
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  3. Tooly

    Tooly Active Member

    It was a good adaptation!
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  4. Truman

    Truman Member

    I ran to this movie accidentally on my local cable channel and it was really good.
  5. mcpon14

    mcpon14 Well-Known Member

    I think it is better than the crappy adaptations like Needful Things but not as good as ones such as Misery.

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