Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Dark Half. C

You know, it's funny, but I think I had more of a problem with the cast in The Dark Half than with the overall story. I didn't like Timothy Hutton as the central character or Amy Madigan as his wife, and I really didn't care for Michael Rooker as the sheriff. It's not that they gave really bad performances, it's just that they all seemed like actors who would appear in a cheap TV movie, not a George A. Romero thriller from a book by Stephen King. And I'm also biased and get irritated by some people based on they way the look or talk. But the story also has problems. Hutton plays a writer named Thad Beaumont, who, after being threatened with black mail, reveals that he has been writing dirty and entertaining novels under the pseudonym George Stark. Then the plot takes a wild turn when George Stark comes to life and goes on a killing spree. Since he's basically the same person as Beaumont, Beaumont is accused of committing the crimes, thus explaining the almost constant presence of the sheriff. But the problem with the movie is that promising story dissolves into a fairly typical serial killer thriller with very little invention and imagination (even that part about the birds seemed like a takeoff from Hitchcock's masterpiece). And it's a shame because you'd think a story by Stephen King directed by Romero would be a perfect combination. But alas, that's not the case.

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