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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…
christopher walken + horror plot = mess
(7/8 is "Very Good")
A strangely conventional Cronenberg film... or perhaps it's easier termed as a slightly unconventional Steven King genre piece. Either way, I think it captures both a solid, procedural and genre quality as well as some Cronenberg-esque creepiness under the skin.
Walken proves that he was born to lead a King story in this movie. His depressed and stunted manner is utterly well suited to his character here.
Quella che viene universalmente riconosciuta come "la marchetta di Cronenberg" è incidentalmente una delle migliori trasposizioni su pellicola di un romanzo di Stephen King.
This is a touching film about Christopher Walken accepting the obligations and disappointments of adulthood, unfortunately cheapened by one of Stephen King's maudlin Christ allegories. But the aspects that chime with Cronenberg's pet obsessions redeem much. Dan Sallitt wrote about how Hawks is often misconstrued as an auteur preoccupied with outcasts who grudgingly develop a social conscience, which I'd submit more accurately describes a Cronenberg protagonist— with the important difference that he tends to characterize the fall into responsibility as a species of traumatic violation (loosely related to Foucaultian biopower?). The signifiers chosen to represent that violation in Dead Zone seem to break with type, less about revulsion and disciplinary violence manifested as visible sores/mutations than their internalized, psychological counterparts,…
For many years, this was the best adaptation of a King novel which remained true to its source. I'm not convinced that it still isn't.
Knowing the source material for thrillers or horror films is the worst. You can't know whether or not the twists and turns the plot takes are working for other people because they can't work on you, not really. That's probably most of why I'm lukewarm on The Dead Zone.
Walken can't do the all-American part of Johnny Smith, but he has the tortuted part. Martin Sheen is full of passionate intensity as Stillson, and the visions Johnny has are expertly staged. But, the way they're stitched together in the screenplay left me cold, particularly in the character of Stillson. At first, I appreciated the slow reveal. But, to me, the play was either don't show at all except for the…
Movie 14 of Horror Thriller Month 2016.
I think the reason why this film works is because of Christopher Walken Alone.
Interesting concept, dull execution.
I was expecting a David Cronenberg-Stephen King collaboration to be weirder and more stylish. This just sorta plodded along without any real feeling of rhythm. No real flair when Christopher Walken went into his altered states. Missed opportunity.
Thrilling and exceptional Cronenberg thriller. Just enough scares to keep the pace and it's terribly relevant for 2016.