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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…
The Dead Zone was one of the few novels I hadn't read by King, so after doing so it was time to rewatch Cronenberg's adaptation of it. I liked it more this time round and it surpasses the book in one important aspect. Efficiency in storytelling.
King's book, though entertaining, is a rather long winded affair, focussing on trivial minutiae that aren't relevant to the story. It is also a strangely distant book. As a reader you never get fully involved in the proceedings. Apparently, King's script suffered from the same problems, which bothered Cronenberg. Without doing any of the writing himself, he still managed to steer the scriptwriters in the direction he wanted. He wanted this story to be…
A very un-Cronenberg Cronenberg with a pretty reserved performance from Walken (THE ICE...IS GONNA BREAK!!!!! not withstanding)
Despite these factors, this is a cracker of a movie which I enjoy watching again and again. Also has a great supporting cast - Lom, Zerbe, Sheen et al and a great soundtrack too. A fine Stephen King adaptation brought to us by one of the true masters of horror.
Solid thriller. It starts off pretty wobbly as no cliche is left unused before Johnny's accident but then gets up a certain energy - Walken is clearly happier as the bitter, jittery guy who wakes up after a coma than the carefree happy man we see before. Herbert Lom and Anthony Zerbe both deliver solid character performances while Martin Sheen is clearly enjoying himself as the loose cannon would-be Senator Stillson.
Shame about the kid playing Zerbe's son, though.
At the Sci Fi Festival at the Patio Theater. Walken may be the greatest actor in cinematic history.
One of my favorite King adaptations - with a brilliant Walken.
Almost 5 out of 5.
I Don't Like 1983's The Dead Zone.
sloppy e one dimensional
One of my fave Cronenbergs and one of my fave King adaptations. Great cast, great story, terrible effort at a Christmas Tree.
The transitional, humanist stop-gap between Videodrome and The Fly, this isn't top-tier Cronenberg, but very good nonetheless. Martin Sheen MVP.
Ok, That's So Raven totally ripped this off(in Walken voice).
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