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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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Richard kept getting upset with me while we were watching The Dead Zone because I kept laughing at inappropriate times (I couldn't help it!). I mean, come on, just one look at this and I naturally burst out laughing.
While I am prone to prefer Cronenberg's earlier horror films over his later work (surprised, aren't you?), The Dead Zone is not quite on the same level and I'm sure it's because he decided to step out of his comfort....zone...and direct something written by someone else.
And for the record, if I had some former love interest I was hung up on and they stumbled back into my life while they were campaigning for someone like, say, Donald Trump/George Stillson, I…
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…
I can't really put my finger on why I love this so much.
Is it because it is one of my favourite stories by King?
Is it that despite his mannerisms Walken still manages to evoke the right amount of pathos and sympathy?
Or is it perhaps Cronenberg weaving his atmosphere building magic?
Probably all of the above and the narrative string that connects them. If you allow the uncertain direction it takes to lure you in, the slightly over the top final act actually gains weight and power.
The Dead Zone was intriguing on first watch and rewarding on second, mainly because I got to see Cronenberg do what he does so well, create an atmosphere that feels 'off'.
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…
Johnny Smith should shake Trump's tiny hand so we'll know when he plans on dropping the bomb.
This was so underwhelming
One of the best Stephen King film adaptations as well as David Cronenberg and Christopher Walken at their absolute best with great character development for the character of John Smith and his struggling responsibility with his psychic abilities.
And incidentally, this film may had been trying to warn people about Donald Trump 30-odd something years earlier.
I still think that the third act of this crams far too much into it, compared to everything that comes before it, but this is still one of the best Stephen King adaptations.
One thing that still surprises me every time I watch it is Walken. The twitching has become a popular parody, so I'll forgive him that, but everything else about his performance is pretty low key, aside from the ice line, of course.
It's impressive, really. Martin Sheen is fun, too - that missile scene is terrifying, even with the panto performance, because it's just so cold - in fact, a lot of the premonitions are pretty chilling because they're played so cold.
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One of the better Stephen King adaptations made for the big screen. Great performances by Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen. Also an excellent sense of foreboding which Cronenberg excels in and the best Stephen King books ooze with.
Didn't care for it the first time I saw it, but 2nd viewing was much better. I like how they condensed events from the book. Always thought that book was a bit too long winded for the story it's telling.
Cronenberg is king.
Film #24 of JC13's I Do Believe I Just Shit Myself September/October Horror Marathon: Part III
"Your house is burning! There's still time!"
David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone is a film I've been interested in for a while. It's listed as Horror on IMDB, so I decided to include it in my marathon. After watching it I really wouldn't consider it Horror, but whatever. It was based on a Stephen King novel and tells an intriguing story about a man who wakes up from a coma with psychic abilities. It was this plot and the terrific central performance from Christopher Walken that made this one work so well for me. Herbert Lom and Martin Sheen have strong supporting roles, but…
It remains as one of my favorite adaptations of King's novels.
Checking this one off my list of Cronenberg's I haven't seen. Really enjoyed his subdued yet affecting adaption of Stephen King's novel. Christopher Walken is perfect as Johnny, giving a thoughtful, creepy, intriguing and ultimately sad performance as a man who emerges from a 5 year coma with psychic abilities. Martin Scheen, Stillson, chews the scenery with a gleeful menace as a presidential nominee with a hidden agenda -- also echoes of Trump are eerily similar. Like way too similar. A solid supporting cast of Tom Skerritt, Anthony Zerbe, and Brooke Adams round out the impressive ensemble.
I smiled when I saw that Debra Hill produced this and Jeffrey Boam wrote the adaptation -- two creative talents that always stood…