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.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT
1990, Paramount, 89 min, USA/Japan, Dir: Ralph S. Singleton

Rodent-phobic viewers, be warned! GRAVEYARD SHIFT begins with a lone worker running a cotton-processing machine replete with sinister iron combs when he notices a bevy of rats staring at him; tossing one into the combs to destroy it, he is himself attacked by a flying creature. The new job opening at the local textile mill is filled by drifter David Andrews, who works with exterminator Brad Dourif to slaughter the rats and prevent the factory from being shut down. Featuring exceptional set design (the factory teems with Lovecraftian hallways & Hammer-inspired mass graves), this genuinely creepy film will be a hit with any fan of Stephen King or the vast “When Animals Attack” horror subgenre.


CUJO
1983, Paramount, 93 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

When a young boy’s Saint Bernard contracts rabies, the once-friendly animal becomes a creature of hellish ferocity and lethal terror in a rural American town. Watch Beethoven go for blood in this frightfully entertaining adaptation of the Stephen King novel.


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