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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. Unfortunately, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, he is involved in a wreck with an 18-wheeler and is in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes up from it, he discovers he has an ability to see into other people's lives, past, present and future, by coming 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…
Once upon a time this seemed a curiously un-Cronenbergian Cronenberg film. At this point it seems almost like a companion piece to A History of Violence in that they're both understated (for Cronenberg) well-edited tales of ordinary people with extraordinary talents in a small-town community.
Christopher Walken does well as the mild-mannered teacher who after waking from a coma turns into Christopher Walken.
It seemed a little episodic this time round and the ease with which his physician comes to terms with his patient having psychic ability stretches credibility but it helps the film get its work down efficiently, as there's not an ounce of fat on this story.
Hoop-Tober: Day 27
Once again, I have been tricked by IMDb into watching a non-horror film.
I'll keep this brief:
Christopher Walken's coat is amazing. I need to know where I can buy one. Michael Kamen's score is great, and at times similar to his X-Men score. The premise is excellent (essentially a detective who can foresee bad things happening), but the film doesn't really take it far enough. I couldn't help but think this premise would make a great TV show though. Low and behold, that TV show apparently already exists.
A great Walken performance and some interesting stuff surrounding him, but the story falls a bit short. Far from the worst Stephen King adaptation though, and David Cronenberg's presence can be felt throughout.
Not top level work from anyone involved but a pretty engrossing movie nevertheless. Some strong performances, a good maintained mood, nice score. I dug it.
This is an outstanding horror film, that is easily forgotten in Cronenbergs filmography. Great cinematography, mixed with a truly interesting and layered performance by Christopher Walker make this a must see. One of cronenbergs best, and easily in the top 3 Stephen King Adaptations of all time.
I'm disappointed by Cronenberg. At least, I expected to be introduced to some strange things Walken saw when he masturbated.
More King than Cronenberg , but mostly Walken.
#31NightsOfHorror - DAY 21
Really dull and boring, I nearly fell asleep.
works at a slower speed and has a different feel than Cronenberg's earlier works and this must be the first time one of his movies is centered on one character. paranormal thriller elements mixed with drama and Sheen's over the top performance make for a uneven but worthwhile experience.
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