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The Dead Zone
In his mind, he has the power to see the future. In his hands, he has the power to change it.
Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.
Stephen King + David Cronenberg + Christopher Walken = something I'm probably going to dig.
And dig it I did. It's a pretty subdued outing from all three, only getting super freaky deaky a couple of times but being solidly entertaining throughout.
But isn't what Martin Sheen did at the end totally ridiculous? I mean, I laughed very hard, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. (And, yes, I realize that laughing probably makes me a terrible person.)
I couldn't remember if I'd seen Dead Zone or not. That’s not necessarily a comment on its forgetability. One thing that I did remember though, thanks to a reminder by my LB friend Rick, was the SNL skit when Walken hosted. That was top of mind throughout the viewing, and I couldn’t help but smirk every time Walken did his little ‘twitch’. But before Christopher even got to twitchin’, my jaw dropped at the opening classroom scene where he’s reading Poe. My God .. THAT’S where all those zillions of youtube video of ‘Christopher Walken reads …’ came from. Now I’m seriously smirking. Not a good start for a horror film.
We Canadians sometimes eat our young. There is a…
Actually, this is not that weird. It doesn't even strike me as horror. More like a supernatural drama/thriller. Nevertheless, we still get to see a guy stabbing his face with a pair of scissors.... with no hands even! Gotta love Cronenberg. The Dead Zone tells the story of Johnny Smith, a man who has the ability to see someone's past, present or future just by touching that person. That's the supernatural part. He is able to do this after he woke up from a 5-year coma caused by a car accident (yet another crash from Cronenberg; every one of them is different though, props for that). He has to cope with his newly found ability and with the…
When people talk about Stephen King movie adaptations, they invariably talk about "The Shining" or " The Shawshank Redemption". King's books and short stories have been a gold mine for the studios as the Maine resident's output over the years has been prolific. For every great film however there have been 3-4 stinkers that simply haven't transferred well to the screen. David Cronenberg's " The Dead Zone" however is one of the best of his eighties heyday of shockers.
Christopher Walken has always been good value for money and when it comes to weird, he fits perfectly with Mr Cronenberg's odd aesthetic. As a man who awakes from a 5-year coma to find he has an ability to see the…
I should not have watched this as an October horror film because it isn't horror at all as far as I can tell. It is a thriller about someone who develops psychic powers, something that was all the rage in the made-for-tv movies of the week back then. If you can get beyond the obvious 80s feel of the film and the somewhat awkward pacing and script, Dead Zone offers a fairly decent thriller. Perhaps I should say drama, because by today's standards it isn't really a thriller until near the end.
It is a surprisingly very calm drama even though the score wants you to think it is hyper tense. There is something nice about the way the film…
The Dead Zone was one of the few novels I hadn't read by King, so after doing so it was time to rewatch Cronenberg's adaptation of it. I liked it more this time round and it surpasses the book in one important aspect. Efficiency in storytelling.
King's book, though entertaining, is a rather long winded affair, focussing on trivial minutiae that aren't relevant to the story. It is also a strangely distant book. As a reader you never get fully involved in the proceedings. Apparently, King's script suffered from the same problems, which bothered Cronenberg. Without doing any of the writing himself, he still managed to steer the scriptwriters in the direction he wanted. He wanted this story to be…
On this particular day I watched the film in our home in Puistola, Finland, as it played on MTV1 with commercials. I’d seen it before and I would see it again, always enjoying the film.
The Dead Zone is another fantastic little thriller/horror film by David Cronenberg. This is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel and it stars Christopher Walken. He plays Johnny Smith, who after being five years in a coma, discovers he awakened with having psychic powers. The movie portrays his struggle with these new abilities that manifest themselves when he touches another human.
This was a very fluid, interesting movie. It has a nice pace and the acting was overall really good. Walken was excellent and I like that Cronenberg restraint the use of the psychic powers and that he took the time to portray the drama between the characters. It never becomes over the top and stays remarkably believable in the story. All in all, this was an excellent adaptation and solid thriller.
Still interesting and quite enthralling at times, Walken's performance lifts the film instead of overtaking it. Quite interesting, even though it feels like a plethora of ideas rather than a coherent patchwork.
Let me just get something straight. I'll watch anything with Christopher Walken in it. And it's just an added boon that it's directed by one of my favourite directors, Mr. Cronenberg himself. Even though it is slightly less weird and repulsive as some other Cronenberg films I have endured. It manages to display a creepy, sad, middle-aged Walken, post-coma, with a hot line straight into the dead zone. After a Doctor Spoc-style tickle, he no longer needs to buy cheap crack, supplying the movie with enough fuel and hootspah to make it bearable. Somewhat melodramatic at times, but all round pretty awesome.
It'd probably be inaccurate to call The Dead Zone underrated, as it's generally well liked, but it does tend to get passed over in discussions of David Cronenberg's body of work in favor of his weirder stuff. Personally, it's one of my favorites of the the director's, and while it's not as overtly strange as the same year's Videodrome, Jeffrey Boam's adaptation of Stephen King's novel fits quite nicely into the director's recurring themes and preoccupations. Like Seth Brundle in The Fly, Johnny Smith is an essentially good-natured guy who has undergone a transformation that will isolate him from others, but while Brundle's mutation is very physical and entirely destructive, Johnny's proves very beneficial to others even as it drives…
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I can see why Cronenberg was attracted to the crass and banal evil of Martin Sheen's populist politician, but that's the element of the story that I liked the least, precisely for its crudity and obviousness. Instead, what registers strongly, as it does in most of King's books, is the price paid for having supernatural powers — the isolation, the self-hate, the pathos. And who better to play that than Christopher Walken? This may be my favorite performance by him, before he became so mannered and weird. And who better to direct Walken than the master of grotesque sadness?
This isn't my favorite Cronenberg, however, but it's still far and away odder and more unsettling than any of the no-stakes…
Finally Cronenberg has sold out, directing another man's screenplay based on another (famous) man's story. Or has he? Although The Dead Zone seems like a radical departure from Cronenberg's previous work, in retrospect it proves to be more consistent with his oeuvre.
Johnny Smith, a traditionally "good guy" school teacher goes through a traumatic car accident, waking up five years later with special powers that allow him to see things regarding the lives of others while he has physical contact with them. This precipitates a rush of excitement from reporters, causing Johnny to react by withdrawing and avoiding contact with anyone. After one instance of helping the police, he withdraws further and moves away from his hometown. Ultimately, however, he…
Inexplicablemente, la combinación David Cronenberg + Christopher Walken dando vida a una novela de Stephen King, se parece más a un episodio largo de "Se ha escrito un crimen" que a cualquier otra cosa que ambos hayan hecho. Superchorra.
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