The Dark Half (1993) Movie Review

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The Dark Half (1993)

1993 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
122 minutes / 2h 02min

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The Dark Half Plot Synopsis:

When Thad Beaumont was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumour from his brain. during the operation, it was discovered that far from being a tumor, the growth was a twin brother of Thad's that never developed. Years later, Thad is a successful author, writing his serious books under his own name, and his pulp money-makers under the pseudonum "George Stark". When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publically "buries" George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

The Dark Half (1993) Review

The Dark Half (1993) is a 2h 2-min rated R American mystery thriller horror film that is an adaptation of Stephen King novel, The Dark Half. Director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Land of the Dead (2005), The Crazies (2010)) gave us an exhilarating piece of a mystery thriller. The movie was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and several locations in Washington, Pennsylvania, the USA including Washington & Jefferson College - 60 S. Lincoln Street and COGO’s store 1000-1015 Jefferson Ave. This movie contains bloody razor blade murders, a man’s privates stuffed into his mouth, sparrows ripping the flesh off of a man and pulling out one of his eyes which was a gruesome scene that weak stomach viewers should not see. There were no sexual or nude scenes so it is safe for teenage horror fans to watch but there is mild language.

The Dark Half revolves around Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton - Leverage (2008-2012), The Ghost Writer (2010), Secret Window (2004), Kinsey (2004)) who is an author of highbrow literary novels. Thad also writes suspense thrillers but uses pen name George Stark for his bestselling suspense thrillers. Thad faces a major problem as he wants to retire his pen name, George Starks. George has become a physical entity and started to terrorize Thad’s family and friends by killing someone and stealing his truck. His killing spree did not stop as he kills Thad’s editor, agent, and a few other people but the catch is that Thad is suspected by the police of being the murderer. Will Thad be able to proof that he is innocent before his family members become the next victims?

I did not see the major twist coming my way, but everything made sense after that although it was sickening. I/we were treated to another twist that was also unpredictable - will Thad finish writing the book to save his family and give the killer an eternal life or will he do the opposite and watch his family die along with the murderer?

The Dark Half was a fantastic eye pleaser with incredible acting that was convincing for the most part and great sets. I was shocked to see the realistic blood and gruesome scenes because they were realistic. Horror fans should put this movie on their movies to watch list because it is one that should not be missed. I cannot get the ending of the film out of my head with the sparrows because it has ruined my appetite. I am pretty sure that individuals who are afraid of birds might become 10x more fearful of birds after seeing the ending credits of The Dark Half.

  • The Dark Half Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.81
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.9

About The Dark Half 1993

Title: The Dark Half
Year: 1993
Runtime: 122 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 13,967 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13,967
MPAA Rating: R
The Dark Half Cast Starring: Michael Rooker, Robert Joy, David Early, Rutanya Alda, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Beth Grant, Rik Billock, Christine Forrest, David W. Butler, William Cameron, J. Michael Hunter, Royal Dano, Rohn Thomas, Lamont Arnold, Timothy Hutton, Zachary Mott, Jeff Monahan, John Ponzio, Kent Broadhurst, Erik Jensen, Chelsea Field, Drinda Lalumia, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Lee Hayes, Larry John Meyers, Jack Skelly, Patrick Brannan, Marc Field, Glenn Colerider
The Dark Half Writers: Stephen King, George A. Romero
The Dark Half Director: George A. Romero
Production: Orion Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA