I was trying to figure out the perfect film to watch for today partly because it’s the 300TH film for one of my other blogs that I have watched in a row. So, I chose a film that was directed by horror icon George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead) who adapted a story from horror icon writer Stephen King in The Dark Half. Young Thad Beaumont (Patrick Brannan) always had a knack for writing, but something is disrupting his life. After discovering that his twin hadn’t been absolved and was in his head, it’s removed and he continues his life. Fast forward 23 years later and Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) is a professor at a college and he has a secret identity as a writer. One day after his cover is blown, he decides to be upfront and lose the moniker of George Stark (his secret identity). The only problem is that George doesn’t want to go that easy and he comes to life to kill everyone who agreed to Thad losing the moniker. The film also stars Amy Madigan (Uncle Buck) as Liz Beaumont, Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Sheriff Pangborn, Robert Joy (The Hills Have Eyes) as Fred Clawson, Royal Dano (Killer Klowns From Outer Space) as Digger Holt, and Rutanya Alda (The Deer Hunter) as Miriam Crowley.
You could definitely tell story wise that this was a Stephen King film just because of the fact that it takes place in Maine which is where most of his stories take pace. This is also a very different film for George A. Romero who most of us are used to knowing that he is the Godfather of zombies. Timothy Hutton definitely deserves the MVP of the film award because not only did he play the sane Thad Beaumont, but he also had to play the maniacal George Stark in the same film. It’s one thing to pay different roles in different films, but to do it in one film takes skill. George’s transformation over the length of the film was also very cool and kudos go to the makeup department for that one. One of my favorite scenes comes at the end of the film with the sparrows ripping George’s flesh right off of him as they carry him off into where ever it is they are taking him. That’s another nod to the makeup department and a special nod to the special effects team for that gem. I also want to give props to Michael Rooker who plays the sheriff that really doesn’t know what to believe in the film, but he toes the line throughout. He was really good in the film as well. The film has an excellent story to it and this definitely a film that is worth checking out if you are a fan of either Romero or King. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.