The Dark Half

Synopsis: When Thad Beaumont was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumour from his brain. during the operation, it was discovered that far from being a tumor, the growth was a twin brother of Thad's that never developed. Years later, Thad is a successful author, writing his serious books under his own name, and his pulp money-makers under the pseudonum "George Stark". When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publically "buries" George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.
Director(s): George A. Romero
Production: Orion Home Video
  3 wins & 8 nominations.
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122 min

It's essential. The writer has to let

that inner being out of the lockup.

He has to let it have a voice in his work

otherwise the work itself will be inhibited.

Timid. Without passion.

It'll be a pack of lies.

I think we'll cut it short today.

I was up all night working.

- That inner being kept me awake. I...

- (laughter)

Your stories are due on Wednesday.

Don't forget.

Uh, w...

would you autograph your book for me?

Just make it out to Fred. Fred Clawson.

- That's not my book.

- Isn't it?

No. Look here.


The picture's a phoney.

The name too. "George Stark. "


I know all about it.


It's my turn to be storyteller, OK?

There's this writer, see?

Let's call him "Beaumont".

He writes a coupla highbrow books

about yuppies and faggots.

The critics rave but nobody buys,

so he changes his style.

He starts writing

about tits and tough guys.

- He dreams up this badass character.

- Machine.

- Yeah.

- Alexis Machine.

He calls himself George Stark, so his

mother won't find out he writes this shit.

He slaps a phoney picture on the back,

boom! He sells a million copies.

So he writes three more of these things.

Boom, boom, boom. He gets rich.

- Not that rich.

- Rich enough, I think. Rich enough.

So, what's he gonna write next?

A nice big cheque, if he wants me

to keep my mouth shut about this.

And if he doesn't want?

- What if he doesn't care what you do?

- Oh, he wants. He cares.

And if he doesn't,

the people around him do.

They got a major-league scam goin' here.

There's a million Americans out there just

waiting to lay out their 29 and change...

...for George to give 'em another hard-on.

They believe in George Stark. They

believe he's writin' about shit he knows.

They find out they've been lied to, that 29

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George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero (February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017) was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from this series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993) and Bruiser (2000). He also created and executive-produced the 1983–88 television series Tales from the Darkside. Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror-film genre, and has been called an "icon" and the "Father of the Zombie Film". more…

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