The Dark Half
Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriters: George A. Romero, Paul Hunt, Nick McCarthy
Cast: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris
Rated R | 122 Minutes
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow), 1993’s The Dark Half is based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name.
In order to talk about Romero’s adaptation of The Dark Half, first we must discuss a little history. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, King published a handful of short novels – Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man (1982), and Thinner (1984) — under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
Shortly after the release of Thinner, Bachman was exposed as King’s pseudonym by a Washington D.C. bookstore clerk who noticed similarities between the two authors. The clerk, Steve Brown, wrote to King with the evidence he’d gathered, and King called him days later to come clean in an exclusive interview. The interview was published in The Washington Post, and King announced Bachman’s death – from “cancer of the pseudonym.”
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