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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 Well-Known Member

    It was a good adaptation!
  4. Truman

    Truman Well-Known Member

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

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Never even heard of it!!!!???
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  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester, Moderator Moderator

    I am still reading this for the first time.
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  8. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite adaptations :)
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  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    No! Needful Things is a great movie! Excellent acting, especially from Ed Harris and the kid. I loved that movie even before I knew it was from an sK story.
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  10. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    I like
    I liked the film Needful Things too, but I know not many people did. Probably similar to how a lot of people love The Mist film and its ending, but I absolutely hated how it ended.
  11. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I liked Needful too but Harris wasn't especially good. he was ok. It was Von Sydows Leland Gaunt that made that movie for me.
  12. Senor_Biggles

    Senor_Biggles Active Member

    A long, long time ago I seem to recall that there was talk of George Romero adapting/directing IT as a mini-series. If I am remembering correctly there had been some sort of approach and he felt like it needed five two hour episodes to do it justice. I guess they bailed on that pretty quickly (this was a year or two before the original IT mini-series). Not sure how accurate it was, it was just something I remember reading in a magazine (Starburst perhaps?).
    Flashing forward, apparently he has a script for The Girl who loved Tom Gordon, but nobody is interested in producing it. He’s also expressed an interest in adapting Gerald’s Game, but same problem.
    Dark Half movie is okay I think, but still not a patch on the book.
  13. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Loved the dark half book,one of my all time fav sk books.i dont know about the movieive never seen it but the book is awesome.

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