Combustible Celluloid
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With: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy, Kent Broadhurst, Beth Grant, Rutanya Alda, Tom Mardirosian, Larry John Meyers, Patrick Brannan, Royal Dano, Glenn Colerider
Written by: George A. Romero, based on a novel by Stephen King
Directed by: George A. Romero
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 122
Date: 04/23/1993

The Dark Half (1993)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

By Hook or by Book

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Timothy Hutton plays a Stephen King-like writer who wishes to dispose of his pseudonym -- the one who writes the lurid trash. But the pseudonym springs to life and begins to kill everyone near and dear to him. Legendary horror director George A. Romero takes this material seriously and lends a real intimacy -- and real dread -- to it. Hutton shines in his dual role, getting to show off some serious acting chops. Sadly, MGM presents this underrated film in a pan-and-scan transfer and the picture has moments of fuzz and grain. The disc contains a trailer.

DVD Details: Fortunately, Xploited Cinema sells an inexpensive, imported DVD (Region 2, PAL) that is letterboxed and anamorphic.

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