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The Dark Half (1993)



Critic Consensus: The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary.

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Writing under the name of Richard Bachman, Stephen King's twisted musing on his own experiment with an alter-ego spawns this horror tale of a writer whose pseudonym takes on a deadly reality, heralding a vicious killing spree, with all the clues quite naturally pointing straight back at him.

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Timothy Hutton
as Thad Beaumont/George Stark
Amy Madigan
as Liz Beaumont
Michael Rooker
as Alan Panghorn
Rutanya Alda
as Miriam Cowley
Chelsea Field
as Annie Pangborn
Kent Broadhurst
as Mike Donaldson
Tom Mardirosian
as Rick Cowley
Patrick Brannan
as Young Thad Beaumont
Larry John Meyers
as Doc Pritchard
Christine Forrest
as Trudy Wiggins
Royal Dano
as Digger Holt
Beth Grant
as Shayla Beaumont
Christina Romero
as Little Girl
Rohn Thomas
as Dr. Albertson
Nardi Novak
as Pangborn's Receptionist
Judy Grafe
as Head Nurse
Zachary Mott
as Norris Ridgewick
John Machione
as Male Nurse
Erik Jensen
as Male Student
William Cameron
as Officer Hamilton
David W. Butler
as Trooper #1
Glenn Colerider
as Homer Gamache
Curt Debor
as Trooper #2
Lamont Arnold
as NYC Cop #1
Lee Hayes
as NYC Cop #2
David Earle
as Officer #2
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Half

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

As if to make up for the slack pacing, the violence seems unnecessarily garish and sadistic.

October 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

King's story is full of zingers, all aptly visualized by Romero.

October 8, 2018 | Full Review…

This is too well-made and acted to be a total failure, and even the formulaic slasher scenes are handled with creepy aplomb.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hutton's George Stark is a terrific contrast, a cowboy greaser in black who's all razor edges, cigarettes and booze.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

It's a strong conceit, but precisely how it's linked to a feather-brained subplot about the black-outs and aural hallucinations Thad suffered as a child remains obscure.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The scenes are so beautifully done that Hitchcock might have admired them, or at least their technical facility.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dark Half


Overlong, nonsensical horror flick wastes a good cast on twaddle. On top of everything else the ending is very weak. Julie Harris' screen time amounts to about five minutes.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Every narrative writer is faced with a predicament in how to navigate the conclusion of his story. Shall he embrace the optimistic side of his personality with a love-conquers-all finale or shall he trek down the nihilistic path? In the brooding 'The Dark Half', the devalued Timothy Hutton stunningly plays both Thad and George in quaking dual performances. George is a frightening Southern gent who is endowed with a gallows sense of humor ("What's going on here?" "A murder. You want some?"). Any collaboration between George Romero and Stephen King is a plausible reason for rejoice among horror fans and like their anthology picture 'Creepshow', 'The Dark Half' is a rakish, darkly funny thriller that rummages through philosophical quandaries around the physical manifestation of one's inner demons and a writer's dependent relationship with his material. Even though Romero utilizes Thad's twin babies as child-in-danger plights, it doesn't nosedive into exploitation. The sparrow attack is a tad heavy-handed and needlessly gore-drenched, but the rest of 'The Dark Half' is a spooky showcase for the versatile talents of Hutton.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

I loved this horror movie based on a King novel, the story is sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or one of those classics, but in a modern setting. Like many of King's stories, it's about a writer too. I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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