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

(whispers) Miss Bird...



(birds twittering)

(twittering reverberates)


Does that make you feel funny, son?

You don't feel woozy?

Like you might faint?

- No, sir.

- Good.

I know it's writin', Thad.

This all started just about the same time

you started with your stories.

- Sittin' in the dark, squintin' to see.

- (doctor) Hm.

Couldn't that be it, Doctor? Couldn't

all this come from strainin' his eyes?

Possibly. But these sounds,

these bird sounds he's hearing.

Sometimes a smell or a sound can be

a sign of something more than eyestrain.

I don't think we have an emergency,

but we'll have to watch it, Thad.

- Wanna be a writer, do ya?

- Yes, sir.

If he's so determined,

you oughta buy the man a typewriter.

We have our eye on a used one.

Been savin' up for it.

Maybe we ought to go ahead

and buy it, huh, Thad?

Seven-thirty, Thad. You'll miss your bus.

Let's go, hotshot.


My Lord. All this in one mornin'?

(whispers) Thaddeus!

Polly! There's something

wrong with Thad Beaumont.

Stay in your seats. Stay in your seats.

Thad? What's wrong, honey?

Three-by-five-centimetre window in

the upper-left anterior portion of the skull.

- (nurse) BP is steady at 120 over 80.

- I'm opening.

- Oh, my.

- (anaesthetist) Slight fluctuation.

Hilary! Remember where you are, please.

(nurse) Respiration normal at 65.


- Get someone in here.

- What in the world is it?

It's nothing. Once it was a twin.

- Now it's nothing.

- A twin?

Unborn, but absorbed into the system.

We'll continue with 18 units of valium,

packed cells.

We have an eye...

...part of a nostril...

...two teeth.

Hm. One of the teeth has a small cavity.

A year ago this was probably

submicroscopic in size.

Somehow it... got itself going again.

The damn thing actually started to grow.

- Incredible.

- Don't ask me why.

All I know is that we've located

a very rare sort of... tumour.

Close call, folks,

but I think we got here just in time.

I'm getting

a slight elevation in blood pressure.

What the hell...?

Beautiful in Atlanta, no delays. Dallas,

Fort Worth, experiencing thunderstorms.

Watch out for serious weather in this

area. Could be some tornado activity.

Strong thunderstorms back through

the central Rockies as well.

Honey, can I... Can Mommy have that?

Thank you very much.

William. Don't... don't do that, buddy.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

- A born editor.

- It's not that bad, is it?

- (William gurgles)

Guess it is. Just a sec.

I got something for you.

I act like a pure klutz.

There. Play with these things.

- What do you think, Mommy?

- Sh. Just a minute. I'm on the last page.

- Not much?

- Not much?

- It's wonderful.

- There's not a lot there.

I stay up all night

and produce nine lousy pages.

- Nine perfect pages. It's great.

- But is it a best seller?

Who cares?

It's gonna be a great book, Thad.

You're doing it.

You are actually really doing it.


It's not comin' outta me easy.

(Thad) We are human beings. Plural.

Each one of us is two separate beings.

There's the outer being,

the one we show to the world at large.

Inhibited, timid...

- Often a pathological liar.

- (laughter)

And then there's the inner being.

The truthful one.

Passionate, uninhibited, even lustful.

And most of us keep that inner being

hidden away, locked up.

But the fiction writer doesn't have to hide

it, doesn't have to keep it from anything.

He can let it out,

bring it out in the open, let it live.

Hell, he can give it the car keys, let it ride!


In fact, he has to do that.

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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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