The Dead Zone 1983 ★★★½

On the surface a strange but not unfamiliar thriller setup, Stephen King's basis story finds in Cronenberg the kind of gifted hands that guide it to unexpectedly deep emotional resonance. Channeling the madcap intensity of Walken, whose distinctive voice begins proceedings by reading "The Raven", Cronenberg gives us a character whose strange new power is just a means by which to relate to him. I was surprised to find it so sadly moving; Walken's character is a man who cuts himself off from the world and yet cannot stay away: he is a slave to something greater than himself. What's even more impressive is that for all my considerable enjoyment and admiration of this, it doesn't even make my top 10 Cronenbergs. Yup, this guy is certainly one of my favourite directors.

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