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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.
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Brooding, subtly intense, and fully entertaining, David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" is a horror-thriller powered by a single question: what sacrifices should by made to change the future? Following a man with the ability to peer into the future's darkest corners, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel is instantly gripping. Though it suffers from a final third that can not avoid descending into hokum, the film is a strong and chilling piece of work.
Following a protagonist alternately blessed and cursed with second sight, the plot chart's Christopher Walken's Johnny as he transforms from mild-mannered teacher to recluse after an accident gives him the ability to see glimpses of what has happened and what could happen. The ability makes Johnny…
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…
"Bless me? Do you know what God did for me? He threw an 18-wheeled truck at me and bounced me into nowhere for five years! When I woke up, my girl was gone, my job was gone, my legs are just about useless... Blessed me? God's been a real sport to me!"
David Cronenberg's adaptation of the famous Stephen King novel is one of his greatest achievments as a filmmaker. The Dead Zone tells the story of John Smith. A man whose life is ruined by a tragic traffic accident, putting him into a 5 year coma. Upon awakening, he realizes he has the ability to see people's futures and possibley change them for the better.
This is just a…
Walken. Cronenber. King. Am I in
Walken. Cronenber. King. Am I in movie heaven???
Worth it for the Walken. For Cronenberg, it's mid-tier, I think, but still good enough to recommend a watch. Also, it features some of the best opening credits I've ever seen.
Almost like a throwback to the Stanley Kramer stuff of the 60s. Walken rules this movie.
A stellar performance from Christopher Walken, full of subtlety and charisma, keep one of Cronenberg's weaker movies rolling. Has the feeling of his more recent movies - less about the scifi/horror and more about the characters - but without the sophistication that he has developed.
Surprisingly un-Cronenberg. There's a really soft body horror aspect here, Christopher Walken's protagonist ends up comatose after a nasty accident and finds that he has since gained psychic powers. It's a watered down version of a lot of the potentially good things it had going for it. Walken is under-acting, there's not too much King to be found anywhere, and (again) it's not particularly Cronenberg.
A pretty tame and sombre effort from Cronenberg (based on his usual standards) but an entertaining one nonetheless. It fits nicely in his filmography, sharing many of his sensibilities and concerns even though he covered this ground previously with Scanners. It also points towards the raw emotion of films like The Fly. All his movies before this are very cold and clinical while The Dead Zone has some serious heart-beating drama going on. Well, for a Cronenberg movie at least. There's also a great bit involving a pair of scissors just incase you gore-hounds were getting a bit uneasy.
Walken makes for a great Cronenberg lead. This is pre-King of New York Walken too so his performance is more dialed…
The film begins with an effective take on the slowly appearing title, like Alien before. It establishes both tone and imagery that carries on throughout the film - sleepy, idyllic, snow-covered neighborhoods with darkness beneath.
The film has an odd, episodic structure. I haven't read the Stephen King book, but I wonder if the structural choices were made to keep the material faithful to its source. The most interesting episode, in which Johnny (Walken) assists a police investigation, wraps up halfway through the film. The last and weakest episode involves Martin Sheen as a shady political candidate. That section may have the highest stakes imaginable, but it also has the lowest personal stakes for Johnny.
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