Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday movie

Tonight we watched The Dark Half, a George A Romero-directed movie adaptation of Stephen King's book by the same name. Stephen King apparently wrote this story after he was outed as being Richard Bachman. This story is about a writer whose alter-ego is exposed. Except that in the story, the alter-ego doesn't want to just be killed off... it wants to live and somehow manages to give itself life.

While Stephen King's short stories and novellas turn into fantastic movies, his full-length books usually wind up being turned into mediocre (at best) movies. His books are so long with so much stuff going on in them - and so much of them is devoted to what the characters are thinking - that it's almost impossible to trim the book down into a good movie. So we were very surprised that this particular adaptation was so good; The Dark Half is a good movie, with great acting, lots of suspense, and a good story.

I don't know why this movie is such a good adaptation - is it because Romero directed it, or because it's more like a shorter Bachman book, or if there was some other secret behind the screenplay adaptation to make the movie so good. I guess it doesn't matter so much why this is a good movie; we should just enjoy it for what it is.

So if you like horror/suspense movies, we highly recommend The Dark Half. You should know that there are a couple of gory bits near the beginning and again right at the end, but in the middle the gory bits tend to be more implied. It's a psychologically scary movie and definitely fun to watch.

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