Office Christmas Party
Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…
One of the early images in "The Dark Half" is as terrifying as anything Stephen King has ever conceived. Thad Beaumont, the film's hero, is a gifted boy who wants to be a writer. He suffers headaches and seizures. Some sort of brain tumor is feared. Doctors find something on the X-rays, and open his skull, and while they are probing the surface of the delicate tissue, a large eye opens and stares at them.
The eye, as King's readers will know, belongs to the unformed embryo of Thad's twin. Such cases are not unknown, the surgeons assure each other (surgeons are unflappable in these cases).
One twin will sometimes absorb the other at an early stage of pregnancy, but sometimes a few bits are left over, like the extra eyeball buried in the brain. The offending material is cut out by the surgeons, and buried. Thad grows up to become a professor and writer.
But the books he writes under his own name are respectable and academic. His best-selling thrillers are written under the name of "George Stark." And when he decides to retire the pseudonym, his troubles start again. Thad (Timothy Hutton) is a pleasant, humdrum sort of a guy, but "Stark" creates images of unspeakable horror. And those images somehow come from the evil twin, who calls himself George Stark, and does not want to stop writing. Soon a series of violent crimes begins, and all the clues point to Thad Beaumont. Only he knows that Stark is the real killer.