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.


HOWARDS END
1992, Sony Repertory, 140 min, UK, Dir: James Ivory

Class conflicts boil beneath the genteel surfaces of early 20th century England in this film of E.M. Forster’s novel. Howards End is an estate that Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave) intends to bequeath to her friend, Margaret (Emma Thompson), but Ruth’s starchy spouse, Henry (Anthony Hopkins), is not about to let the house pass out of the family. Winner of three Oscars, for Best Actress (Thompson), Adapted Screenplay and Art Direction.


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