The Dark Half (1993) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Hohum Score

15

Watchable

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan
Length: 122 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 75 found boring (17.33%)

One-line Reviews (43)

There are Some Romero Flourishes that are Graphic and Work Well, but the Film Overall Seems to Lack Any Energy or Style, and the Pacing is Off.

One fascinating theme, besides the split between a writer's "light" and "dark" halves, is that of domestic violence.

Hutton is great as Thad and his Doppelgänger, but as expected, the bad guy is more enjoyable, has lots of funny one liners and is hardly in it.

Sadly a rather bland version of King's sadly rather bland novel.

My husband fell asleep halfway through.

Entertaining drivel.

This is too well-made and acted to be a total failure, and even the formulaic slasher scenes are handled with creepy aplomb(the first 40 mins or so are genuinely creepy).

This is a pretty decent and overall exciting effort.

I really enjoyed it.

I find the plot engaging and captivating.

It's got a few too many story lines than it needs to have, and it at times can be a little confusing.

There is some suspense and some good effects but overall a rather dull affair.

Of all the King adaptations I've seen, this is one of the dullest.

what an intriguing film.

This really is one of the dullest films I have ever watched.

Put two of the masters of horror together in a box, shake ‘em up, and you get this very entertaining and darkly humorous story.

His screenplay is uneven, and although it features many good - and exciting moments, it also features many tedious ones and if he'd have streamlined it; the film would have been better on the whole.

Someone with a suspenseful crime background instead of horror would have made a better film.

Enjoyable watch, really gets interesting.

The divide between Thad Beaumont, the common garden-variety writer of Hutton's character, and George Stark, the madman writer of pulp fiction also played by Hutton, makes for the more intriguing parts to the film.

The same three general sequences of events play out several times over, and it gets a little tiresome.

The story is an intelligent, unpredictable one which remains one of King's most genuinely horrific tales, and director George Romero makes a good job of the film version.

The acting was OK but no one stands out, it's all rather bland & forgettable.

The Dark Half is a menacing and increasingly creepy horror mystery that will have you guessing and wondering until the credits roll, it's an amazingly well made film that's basked in mind blowing special effects, dark tones and eerie music that make you jump at the slightest noise.

Still, this is an inventive and largely interesting production that you can forgive for it's flaws thanks to a good base plot idea and the fact that it's a decent waste of time.

Timothy Hutton is a compelling lead.

His portrayal of Southern mad-man(ghost) George Stark is intense and will make you think of straight-razors in a whole new light.

The special effects are used well, from some realistic wound-makeups which look very painful, to the masses of sparrows which fill the sky on occasion and play a crucial part in the suspenseful finale.

Which is a shame because I so enjoyed the book, and I was very excited when I heard about the movie, but I was thoroghly disappointed with this dragging, and considerably boring, sequel.

It also seems just a little bit repetitive in the middle, which is no doubt due to the too long length.

It wasn't anything great, but it's enjoyable.

The Dark Half is a slow, creepy horror, dealing more in chills and scares you'll think about afterwards than special effects and cheap shock tactics.

A decent horror movie with a thrilling ending.

Scary moments at times and even some very dry humor saves this story about a writer(Timothy Hutton)being plagued by his alter ego.

An engaging horror thriller .

I was on the edge of my seat all night.

All this would not have worked without Christopher Younge (the composer of film scores like Hellraiser and Nightmare on Elm street), whose score drives your adrenaline to the max.

The plot is suspenseful and full of unexpected twists.

However, George Romero's screenplay (adapted from a Stephen King novel of the same name) gets bogged down with metaphors, and predictable events.

It's exciting, beautifully-crafted, moody and completely terrifying.

Individual scenes end up even being mini-masterpieces, even amidst a script that loses its energy and goes into the mundane and usual.

This gave the movie even more of a boring TV-ish feel than before.

Stephen is one of my absolute favorite writers but this one was quite dull for me.