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The Dark Half | 1993 | R | - 0.9.6

A Stephen King story, adapted and directed by George A. Romero, about a writer (Timothy Hutton) with a Jekyll and Hyde problem: his pseudonym, under which he writes best-selling trash novels, comes to life when publicly "killed off." He then starts killing off everybody associated with his literary death.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Since this is a George A. Romero film, there's gore galore, oodles of blood and plenty of violence: the malefactor enjoys slashing his victims' throats with a razor, and we see every murder in bloody detail. One victim has a delicate part of his anatomy cut off and shoved in his mouth; we see his shadow on the wall. One is beaten to death with his own artificial leg. Another is literally flayed and picked to death by a very large and scary flock of sparrows; we see, in detail, the various stages of dismemberment. One character drives a pencil through his hand, then peers through the resulting hole. There are nine very graphic deaths in all. There are also explicit scenes of an open-skull surgery, complete with a brain tumor which possesses a blinking eye and a tooth. The camera lingers on assorted oozing wounds. There's even one scene of torture, where a man pokes at a woman's facial wounds.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 15 F-words and lots of anatomical and sexual references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The supernatural, split-personalities, deceit, blackmail, murder.

MESSAGE - We all possess a dark side. We have to stand up to it and fight it.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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