THE DARK HALF is schizophrenic: when it's good, it's really really good. Pity that Stephen King's source material (hero is a novelist AND a teacher!) is unusually limited. So Romero instead targets Tim Hutton's George Stark whose feral machismo is both scary and fun to watch! Hitchcockian set pieces and body horror are nicely done. A potentially great idea about sparrows leads to a cliché ending. Fascinating failure.