THE DARK HALF
1993, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: George A. Romero

Stephen King used a pseudonym to pen some of his bleakest work, a situation that inspired this tale of two authors. When Maine writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) decides he’s through using the name “George Stark” to churn out thrillers, he tries to bury his alter ego, but Stark (also played by Hutton) responds with a murderous rampage. Costarring Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker and Julie Harris.


UNCLE BUCK
1989, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

John Candy plays the irrepressible title character in this comedy from writer-director John Hughes. When Bob and Cindy Russell need to leave their new home in Chicago to deal with a family emergency, they reluctantly turn to Bob’s brother Buck to watch the children for a few days. While Uncle Buck is hardly a role model - he makes his living betting on rigged horse races - he proves remarkably adept with kids. Costarring Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann and Macaulay Culkin, whom Hughes would leave HOME ALONE a year later.


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