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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…
Nothing less than a showcase of directing.
I feel like there's a damn good reason most Stephen King adaptations tend to be pretty poor. In effect his writing doesn't really lend itself to film. While the foundation of his stories lie in the horror realm, he is typically delving into multiple genres along with some social commentary sprinkled in along the way. This doesn't even begin to take into account that his characters are well-rounded and layered.
What we have here is a film that is part horror, part supernatural drama, part political satire, part melodrama, but most importantly all Cronenberg. It is downright impressive how he manages to make the material appealing here. He is able to showcase melodrama…
Probably Cronenberg's most accessible and conventional film prior to The Fly, and while nothing here reaches those levels of emotion or terror, it's nice to see him dialing it back and simply telling a human story (which just so happens to be built around a strong sci-fi hook that's perfect for him). That said, Christopher Walken is the real reason to see this: in a film by a director whose work is so often clinical, he gives one of his most identifiable performances and completely sells the psychological journey of the protagonist. The conclusion is admirably downbeat.
After I finished reading Stephen King's "The Dead Zone" I decided that I definitely wanted to watch David Cronenberg's take on the story. I was excited about it because Cronenberg has such a unique vision for his films. And while it definitely bore some of his hallmark themes it didn't quite hit the mark for me.
The pacing felt very off. Granted, the source material is 400 pages long and it has an episodic feeling to it. I haven't watched the TV series yet but I get the feeling that The Dead Zone is better suited to that format.
I'm also not sure about how I feel about Christopher Walken as John Smith. John Smith is described as being plain…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A toned down Cronenberg but even then he still manages to unsettle you in his trademark way. Not so much a horror film but more a thriller and a fine performance from Walken to top it off. Quite liked the mad President Sheen
The Dead Zone is David Cronenberg at his most restrained. And even his most restrained film gives you the creeps. After being in a coma following a car crash Christopher Walken has psychic visions after just touching someone. His visionary powers are enlisted to help out a murder investigation whose conclusion leads to one of the chilling and disturbing scenes that ranks among Cronenberg's best scenes. And when meet Martin Sheen a senatorial candidate who may have some evil future intentions regarding his political career. And leaves Walken with a moral dilemma,would you commit murder to change the future for the better? Cronenberg's direction is flawless,and Walken is at the top of his game.
The last time I watched this (almost 2 years ago to the day - spooky) I was slightly taken aback by the fact I'd completely misremembered the ending - I have a clear memory, at the least, of a shot in this movie of the missiles flying, and I remember it coming after Johnny thought he'd prevented that future, i.e., he hadn't changed a thing (I still kinda think that would be an interesting ending, like the "I can still see!" ending to The Man with X-Ray Eyes King talks about in Danse Macabre…) - so I was kind of interested to see what else I might've imagined this time around, fresh after finally reading the novel, which seemed it…
"Your dawtah! The house is burning! IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!"
Ably directed by David Cronenberg, this film is hampered by Stephen King's weak narrative. It feels like a short story that is stretched out to the length of a novel. There's nothing really driving things forward. Johnny does this, then Johnny does that. There are some truly great moments and images and performances, but it just doesn't quite come together for me.
Probably one of the best films from Cronenberg I've seen. I've still have yet to read the book but I have seen quite a few films based on Stephen King's novels most other people have like The Shining, Carrie, Misery, The Green Mile etc. I've only started reading King to be honest.
The film centres around Johnny Smith, an English high school teacher who loves his job and his girlfriend whom he plans on marrying soon. One rainy night after dropping off his girlfriend and saying good bye, he has a fatal car crash which results in him waking up from a coma five years later and finds out upon awakening that his girlfriend is now married to someone else,…
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