Friday, June 1, 2007

The Dark Half

The Dark Half (1993)

Directed by: George A. Romero

Written by: George A. Romero based on the novel by Stephen King

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy, Kent Broadhurst, Rutanya Alda, Tom Mardirosian, Larry John Meyers

More warm, squishy, still beating (?) goodness from Steve and George. Or not.

This one's about a writer whose pseudonym manifests physically when he tries to ditch him. The alter ego (or Dark Half as the case may be) goes around killing people. Because he's so very bad ass.

I thought that seemed a little bit unnecessary. I mean, spending all that energy to make a physical body just so you can go around killing people? I personally would do something a little more constructive, but that's just me (actually, considering the amount of energy I would require, I'd probably do more sleeping than anything. But that's what I do normally, so....).

Anyway, if that didn't happen there wouldn't be a plot, and there always has to be a plot (coming out of the Wes Anderson fan).

The best scene in the movie is probably the scene in which they open up the guy's head and find an eyeball and some teeth in there (yes, this is that movie). It was the grossest, nastiest thing they did in the film, which left the bar rather high for the rest of it.

I was expecting a bit of a gross out, truth be told (Dawn of the Dead or something) and I was a little disappointed. I got a thriller instead (why must this be?!).

I don't have any problem with thrillers, if they're thrilling. And this one wasn't really. The brain tumour thing was cool, but it had very little to do with the rest of the movie (yeah, it was connected, but it didn't have to be).

I found myself not liking Timothy Hutton very much (he was in Secret Window!? Holy evil Jesus. This is like the same frigging movie. I kept asking myself, where's John Turturro? Where? (screw Johnny Depp, for now anyway. No doubt the Johnny Depp fan club is going to rally against me any minute)).

Yep. This movie was dull. And there were those frigging birds all the time. I liked the birds, but they were very... Hitchcock. And when they eat the guy at the end? What was up with that? I mean, the main guy's screwed! There's no evidence to prove that he didn't kill those other people. That bugged me.

Anyway, that was a waste of time.


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