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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173551

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173551.001.0001

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One Evil Eye and The Dark Half

One Evil Eye and The Dark Half

(p.162) Chapter Twelve One Evil Eye and The Dark Half
The Cinema of George A. Romero

Tony Williams

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews the horror films Two Evil Eyes and The Dark Half. Two Evil Eyes is a two-part film produced by Dario Argento; Romero was in charge of “The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar.” Both “The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar” and The Dark Half share a Gothic heritage, a feature also common to Stephen King's novels. However, although the Gothic aura of the supernatural appears ideal territory for Romero, his concerns lie elsewhere. Expressing disappointment in his review of The Dark Half, Kim Newman commented that Romero's “films prefer science fiction to the supernatural.” “The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar” attempts to avoid the Gothic style entirely and aims (apart from the unfortunate presence of the ghostly “They” towards the climax) at naturalistic levels of meaning, while The Dark Half cannot discard the trappings entirely.

Keywords:   Two Evil Eyes, The Dark Half, George A. Romero, Dario Argento, Gothic, Stephen King, supernatural, Kim Newman

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