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Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a ‘gift’ at first, but ends up causing problems…

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  • patriot
    Patriot

    You can trust chicks out now to make the worst life choices, well this was 4 decades ago so the deal is sealed. When you get told “you better” and suffix is anything she wants, don’t just continue to look in the front. Look back, and RUN.
    Chill movie tho, better than many out there. You can watch this one without feeling you won’t get the minutes back.

  • eric
    Eric

    Eerie, atmospheric chiller based on Stephen King’s novel. Taut, powerful story of horror, suspense and drama made better for being a faithful adaptation of the book! Take it from a fan who’s read the book!

  • maysa-aragao
    maysa aragao

    Not all of Stephen King’s works have been translated to the silver screen with equal success. This, however, is a masterful adaptation ; in some ways it might even be considered an improvement, as the makers were wise enough to trim away the fat by deleting a number of superfluous characters and distracting sub-plots. As a result the movie boasts an admirable narrative clarity.The movie is genuinely suspenseful, resulting in an ending which is both surprising and inevitable. It is also deeply touching, thanks to a number of outstanding performances. Christopher Walken, aided and abetted by an equally competent cast, delivers a finely nuanced performance which would not be out of place in an intimate psychological drama. Martin Sheen shines as a predator with nice cheekbones whose success is owed to a combination of fake charm and real evil. (The implied lesson about the subjugation of democracy remains as topical and important today as it was a generation ago.)There is something ancient and universal about the subject of the movie (and, by extension, of King’s book). I was wondering whether Stephen King was writing some kind of parable or allegory about the young men who find themselves caught up in the horrors of organized warfare.It is a phenomenon one meets in every age, on every continent : a young man has to join the army and go to war, in a distant land. After several years of fighting and privation he finds himself a war prisoner. Eventually he succeeds in escaping and traveling back to his own country. Now a diseased beggar, he discovers that his farm has been sold, that his parents have died of grief and that his wife (who honestly thought she was a widow) has remarried. His friends don’t recognize him – who IS this trembling scarecrow ? – and the authorities regard him with suspicion : why would a citizen know the names of distant trees or understand a foreign language ? Surely there is something unpatriotic in such knowledge ? Besides, it is well known that the war was a Complete And Glorious Success – to suggest otherwise would be treachery. And so the man lives on for a few more misery-filled years, an object of fear, suspicion and ridicule.The fact that this pattern keeps repeating itself over and over and over again, says much about Humanity.

  • bryan-thomas
    bryan thomas

    Of all the various cinematic adaptations of Stephen King’s work throughout the ’80s, none is perhaps more under-rated or over-looked than 1983’s “The Dead Zone.” Hot on the heels of his bizarre yet brilliant cult-classic “Videodrome,” director David Cronenberg emerges with perhaps his most restrained and even-tempered work to date. Given that the film itself is a bit of a head-trip, that really says something. Along for the ride is Christopher Walken, who similarly commits to the tragic bend of the material with one of his best performances to date. Likewise, the script from Jeffrey Boam distills King’s novel into an episodic format that makes it easier to digest than any “true” adaptation of the source material could ever hope for.Johnny (Walken) has everything going for him. A respected school teacher, his life is only enriched with Sarah (Brooke Adams) by his side. Five minutes into the film, and it seems our character has already found his happy ending. Unfortunately, he finds his life (and his car) flipped upside down when an automobile accident sends him into a five-year coma. No use crying over spilled milk (literally). When he awakes, he finds himself burdened with the psychic ability to see anyone’s grisly future simply by touching hands. Soon, he is helping a local sheriff (Tom Skeritt) solve a string of brutal murders and doing his best to stop an out-of- control, megalomaniacal politician (sound familiar?) before he goes too far. Of course, he takes the time to reconnect with the love of his life and mentor a young loner (Simon Craig), whose haircut suggests he was imported from the previous decade.”The Dead Zone” benefits greatly from its slightly unorthodox structure; you can see why a TV adaptation eventually came to be. The film unravels much like four different anthology stories concerning the same character. Walken walks through the whole thing with one of his most sympathetic and humane performances, while Cronenberg shows he can do mainstream horror just fine, thank you very much. Unlike his previous efforts, “The Dead Zone” doesn’t carry much in the way of gore and is the better for it. The dramatic angle of the story is what makes it all come together. An outlier in a truly iconic oeuvre, the film is hardly a dead zone in the director’s history of violence.

  • denis-k-aghts-rikyan
    denis k aghts rikyan

    One of my all time favorite films, Stephen King adaption, David Cronenberg film, Christopher Walken film and thriller. I first saw the Dead Zone at the cinema in Sydney in 1983 and was enthralled by this film. Christopher Walken is brilliant as John Smith in this thriller about a man who has an accident and comes out of a coma to find his life has changed and he has a “gift” to be able to see the future. An excellent support cast including Tom Skerritt, Nicholas Campbell, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom, Brooke Adams and Anthony Zerbe. Great atmosphere and photography. A break out performance for Canadian actor Nicholas Campbell. This is a very underrated film.

  • sergio-de-uriarte
    sergio de uriarte

    THE DEAD ZONE is one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel, capturing the horror, as well as King’s meditation on destiny, fate, etc. It helps a lot that David Cronenberg directed it, lending his cold, somber tone, which fits perfectly w/ the story. Casting Christopher Walken as Johnny Smith was pure genius, since Walken’s gaunt, haunted look and renowned quirkiness made him an ideal choice. Brooke Adams (SHOCK WAVES, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS ’78) is Johnny’s conflicted fiancee, Sarah, torn between a promising past and a poignant future. Johnny’s long journey begins w/ an accident, resulting in a lengthy coma, which destroys his life while somehow allowing him to see events before they happen. This leads to his ability being used to help those around him, culminating in a decision that just might save the world. Co-stars Herbert Lom (MARK OF THE DEVIL, ASYLUM) as Johnny’s soon-to-be eternally grateful doctor, Sam Weizak, Anthony Zerbe (THE OMEGA MAN) as zillionaire hockey dad, Robert Stuart, Tom Skerritt (ALIEN) as the desperate Sheriff Bannerman, and Martin Sheen (APOCALYPSE NOW) as the repellent politician, Greg Stillson… P.S.- Once unimaginable, the rise of Stillson seems almost prophetic now…

  • genziana-marini
    genziana marini

    The ordinary life is one that we take for granted, but then our life is derailed by fate. And everything we took for granted is gone, and there is no going back. And as we struggle to rebuild our lives, we realize that we are different, and who we have become is a stranger to who we once were. But the person in the mirror is who we are now, and our future is no longer crystal clear. All our hopes and dreams are gone, and a new journey begins. And the struggle of one man gifted with the vision of time holds us in his hands.And as Armageddon approaches, his journey comes to an end. The power in his hands could save the world, but what would he have to sacrifice? Could he return to the ones he loves, or would he have to leave them behind? Would fate give him another chance at life, or would he have to sacrifice all to stop Greg Stillson, a man that would stop at nothing to control the world, hurling it into its destruction? And as the fate of Johnny Smith grips us with suspense, we are captivated by his unforgotten story, fall deep into the conflict of his heart and soul, and we realize that under the layers of an ordinary life, a hero waits to rise up through the Dead Zone.

  • ken-thorsen
    ken thorsen

    Although marketed as a “horror film”, it is more a character study about loss, avoidance of life and the emotional turmoil that arises from a broken heart. (Plot Spoilers) The main character Johnny Smith, a young man who is employed as a school teacher with a girl friend he loves and is planning to have a family with, has a horrible accident that, after a long period in a coma, awakes; broken of body, without the work he enjoyed and the girl to whom he loved having moved on to marry and be family with someone else.(Plot Spoilers)In addition he is able to see events of the past, of current events and of a future that may be by touching another person. Yet each time this occurs, part of his “life energy” is drained away so he comes closer to dying as a result. And he is aware of this. in order to avoid this condition he moves away yet he is forced by circumstances to face life and his impending death.The major question: If you knew that you were dying, would you do nothing and live a long time Or would you be willing to die in order to save the lives of those you care about (a definition of love). In summary: a gem that is the most human of the films of David Chronenberg and the film adaptations of the works of Stephan King. The actors are believable, the soundtrack haunting. This film would be good for repeated viewing.

  • amber-macdonald
    amber macdonald

    “The Dead Zone” is a movie that I would recommend almost above any other.A simple yet involving plot is made positively intense thanks to an awesome performance by Christopher Walken,plus fine supporting work from Martin Sheen and Brooke Adams. A lovely original symphonic score (unavailable,as far as I’m aware) and melancholic winter scenery,colour this film’s psyche.David Cronenburg’s direction is deftly accomplished;many frames being truly beautiful.Watch for the camera shot during John’s bus ride late in the film – it’s autumnal and exquisite. Chris Walken’s stunning dialogue technique has never been displayed as finely as here.Walken fans must wish he had more roles in which he could display sensitivity and humanity,as in “The Dead Zone”.His speech rhythm reminds me somewhat of Anthony Hopkins in “The Elephant Man” (Lynch).Really,it’s one of the great cinematic performances. Try to ensure you see the uncut version.There is a fairly graphic suicide scene that is often missing from TV airings,which is criminal since it adds such gravity to the storyline. Like all great art,this film has never really left me.The character John Smith is so noble,one can’t help but be moved by his tale.Everything you need to know about tragedy:it’s here. You must see this film.

  • terje-fredriksen
    terje fredriksen

    I keep having to remind myself that David Cronenberg directed this, as it is so unlike his previous and subsequent work–more mainstream, less cold, and far less fixated on gooey special effects. What is going on here? One of the most stunning adaptations of a Stephen King novel with Christopher Walken absolutely brilliant as tortured coma victim Johnny Smith, that’s what. An elementary-school teacher preparing to marry Sarah (Brooke Adams), Johnny has a run-in with fate that throws him into a coma for 5 years; when he awakens, he is plagued by psychic visions, including a chilling apocalypse that frames the film’s final act. While the horror elements (including a suicide via scissors) carry an appropriate impact, the core of “The Dead Zone” is Walken’s performance–he portrays Johnny as a recluse who regards his visions as a curse, and taps into a sensitivity and vulnerability that is rarely seen in male film characters; his interactions with others carry a down-home, plausible feel that gives the film a strong emotional resonance. Cronenberg directs Jeffrey Boam’s script almost as a series of vignettes, but maintains a flowing pace and trusts Walken to deliver the film to a heartfelt, tragic conclusion.

  • juan-francisco-mari-exposito
    juan francisco mari exposito

    Christopher Walken is in the top 3 of my favorite actors and the dead zone may be my fave (not the best mind you, but my personal fave)… Walken gives a brilliant and believable performance in easily the best King adapted film… atmospheric and frightening it has an incredible supporting cast… Anthony Zerbe and Tom Skerritt are excellent! An absolute must see…

  • coesugja
    coesugja

    THE DEAD ZONE (1983) ***1/2 Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen. David Cronenberg directed this exceptional adaptation of Stephen King’s successful chilling novel about sad-eyed school teacher Johnny Smith (eerily personified by the always wonderful Walken) who after hurtled into a coma from a car accident, resurrects to find himself with clairvoyant powers by the simple touch with another human being. Effectively creepy at times and nice use of snow engulfed Maine as its setting. One of Walken’s uncanniest performances and one of his own personal faves (which he lampooned later to much hilarity on a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit ).

  • joyce-mata
    joyce mata

    The best Steven King movie ever made and one of the top thrillers in the past 30 years. This movie has a little bit of everything to offer viewers: a love story, a little science fiction, a murder mystery and a moral decision unlike any before it. There is so much going on in this flick that there is no time for a popcorn break. Christopher Walken is brilliant in the lead role and Martin Sheen is downright diabolical in his first attempt at portraying the President of the United States — Forget West Wing! The movie is well acted and it keeps you rooting for the fallen hero right up to the bitter end. Sometimes the best movies don’t have happy endings.

  • linda-ahmed
    linda ahmed

    No matter how many times I see this movie, I just can’t get enough of it. If your into those films about a person who gets some powers which may appear to be a blessing but is actually a curse – giving a cool film a dramatic twist, then this film is a must. I’ve read the book, and it is better than the movie – but what isn’t? I have purposely not mentioned any scenes or even the storyline because I wouldn’t want anyone to even miss a small amount of the pleasure from watching the film. So all I will say is that this movie is a blockbuster, and a person who hasn’t seen it has missed a lot. Great movie and story Stephen King is a master in story telling and this is one of his greatest books about power, irony, and faith.

  • nina-jerkovic
    nina jerkovic

    Christopher Walken is in his weary, paranoia-stricken best in theawesome film adaptation of Stephen King’s best-seller, THE DEAD ZONE. Walken plays Johnny Smith, a once-mild mannered teacher who receives a mixed blessing of predicting the future after a nasty car accident. Soon enough Smith becomes a center of attention as he predicts murders, accidents, and the like. The “gift” takes an even sharper turn as Smith realizes that a candidate for the presidential election (Martin Sheen, shades of THE WEST WING here?) has his sights set on nuclear domination. Walken is mesmirizing as Johnny, as the man tries in vain to cope with his power. And former PINK PANTHER actor Herbert Lom also shines as Johnny’s shrink.

  • zara-dirksen
    zara dirksen

    Well-done big screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel is one of the most acclaimed King-based films ever, and rightfully so.School teacher awakens from a five year coma to discover that he has the power to see into a person’s past or future trauma by merely touching them.The story that drives this solid thriller is a well-rounded and often moving character study. It’s a compelling tale with some great sequences of suspense and the occasional good jolt. Director David Cronenberg delivers splendidly well-shot sequences in this film, as well as a nice atmospheric kind of bleakness that’s completely in tune with our story. The music score is also quite beautiful.The cast is the best highlight however. Star Christopher Walken does perhaps one of his best performances as our tormented hero, whom we build quite a bond with. Brook Adams is quite good as Walken’s lost love. Martin Sheen is impressive as a sinister politician. Tom Skerritt and Colleen Dewhurst are also good in their small roles.All around The Dead Zone is a wonderful film, even if you’re not a fan of Stephen King.Remade as a TV series in 2002*** 1/2 out of ****

  • teresa-payne
    teresa payne

    This movie has been running on the pay channels lately, and I have been watching repeatedly. I saw this movie years ago, and I never took the time to read the book. Therefore, I picked up the book and read it. I have read probably 25 Steven King books and in every case the book is always better than the movie, here was the first. The movie The Dead Zone is by far superior to the book. The book of course has more detail and characters, but the book’s characters are boring. Martin Sheen as Greg Stillson was a perfect fit. The changes in the story, (without giving away the movie), where much better in the movie than in the book. A fun suggestion, read the book, and then watch the movie. See if I’m right…….

  • holly-velasquez
    holly velasquez

    If Hollywood could get back to maving good honest movies like this. You know the sort of movie. One that you can go to the cinema, pay your money and be entertained by a good story unspoiled by ugly CGI effect and mediocre TV actors who think they’re A listers.I watched Dead Zone after trying to tackle Cronenberg’s Cosmpopolis having already seen the movie back in the 90’s. I think I wanted to just check if Cronenberg really did make The Dead Zone and it was as good as I thought it was after seeing the turkey Cosmopolis.My curiosity was confirmed. The Dead Zone was a good old fashioned horror thriller, intellectually provoking, great cinematography, great acting from all especially Walken who rarely disappoints. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood goes back to doing what they were always able to do very well? Probably!The story is about a man who attains psychic abilities after 5 years in a coma due to a car crash. From that point Walken finds himself in various scenarios where his new super powers are put to the test. Martin Sheen hams it up as the nasty presidential candidate. I found the movie, sad in places, at times exciting and also thought provoking. Not as much gore as we normally see from Cronenberg but this was a mainstream production, probably the only one of two he made in that bracket, the other being The Fly. The Dead Zone had all the ingredients of a good movie and I guess that’s why it stands the test of time. I wonder who will remember Cosmopolis?

  • margaret-ortiz
    margaret ortiz

    One of the unwritten laws of the movies is that Stephen King books are nearly always disappointing when transferred to the big screen. One film which doesn’t fit that rule is The Dead Zone. In the hands of David Cronenberg, you may expect this to be a gore-filled affair, but it is actually a very well-made, subtle film which emphasises the psychological sense of fear rather than settling for blood-spattered mayhem. There isn’t a moment in the film that will make you jump out of your seat, but it is still an effectively scary film because it plays on your mind. Normal, down-to-earth everyman Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) is involved in a terrible car crash which leaves him comatose. Four years later, he miraculously awakens. To begin with, he is devastated to learn that his girlfriend has moved on, marrying and starting a family with another man. But soon he realises that this is the least of his problems. He soon discovers that the accident has left him with remarkable powers, which enable him to see into people’s futures just by touching their hand. And Johnny is in for one hell of a nasty shock when he shakes hands with potential senator Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) at a political rally…. An intelligently paced and very well-acted film, The Dead Zone is also full of unpredictable plot developments. Walken elicits great sympathy as the normal guy who rapidly learns that his new gift is actually a curse, and there are fabulous supporting performances from Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Brooke Adams and the terrifying Martin Sheen. The film has several tremendous moments, but the climax in particular builds to an emotional crescendo. The premise of The Dead Zone is probably rather silly if you stop to think about it, but other than that it is a most impressive film – and still ranks as one of, if not THE, best adaptation of a Stephen King story so far.

  • esther-da-cruz
    esther da cruz

    At this point in his career, Stephen King had the miraculous, almost Hitchcockian ability to allow a story to proceed from the most believable of circumstances, trickle like water delicately over tiny steps which, taken alone, did not seem too out of the ordinary, and then coalesce magnificently into masterpieces that defy categorization – not horror, not science fiction, but truly something magical, if unnameable. Dead Zone is such a masterpiece.Owing in no small part to the subtle yet compelling performance of Christopher Walken, who in the same year would star in one of my most beloved films of the genre, Brainstorm, Dead Zone may well be one of King’s best. Almost certainly based to some extent on real-life psychic Peter Hurkos, Dead Zone shows the master, King, taking an already well known premise to a new and thrilling conclusion.The theme developed here is a common one for King. An innocent victim, through no fault of his own, is thrown into a paranormal world that will lead to an ultimate test. The idea is classic literary tragedy at its best, and is represented with equal aplomb in King’s contemporaneous work such as Firestarter and Christine.Director David Cronenberg, smoking hot at the time with masterpieces of his own – Scanners and Videodrome, delivers a film that resonates perfectly with King’s book, with pacing and tone that capture what was best about King in this period. King himself was experiencing his golden age, with Cujo, Firestarter, Carrie and The Shining rounding out his catalog within a few years. In other words, this is the best of the best for some people who gave us some pretty good stuff.The supporting cast is brilliant. Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt, Anthony Zerbe, and the lovely Brooke Adams are all exceptional. Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam, who also penned such classics as Lost Boys, Lethal Weapon 2 and 3, and the Witches of Eastwick, crafted a brilliant treatment that works absolutely perfectly from start to finish. Michael Kamen’s brilliant score is but one jewel in the crown of his many achievements, and was said to be so disturbing that overhearing him practicing it gave his neighbors nightmares.I suppose I could try to think of more ways to say it, but there is no need. It can be summed up once and for all in a single sentence. Dead Zone is perfection.

  • aija-birznieks
    aija birznieks

    It seems that movies starring Christopher Walken just can’t go wrong! David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone” features him in one of his most interesting roles as literature teacher Johnny Smith, who becomes psychic after surviving a car wreck. He uses his newfound power to help people avoid danger, but soon faces a moral dilemma when it looks like political candidate Greg Stilson (Martin Sheen) may become the next Hitler.This is one of those movies that has shades of everyone involved in it. Walken’s eerie presence, Sheen’s (apparent) “aw shucks” demeanor, plus the horrific feeling of Cronenberg and King. You’re sure to love it. Also starring are Brooke Adams as Johnny’s ex hubby, and Herbert Lom as a doctor (you may expect him to launch into an anti-Clouseau diatribe, but his role here is as far removed from Commissioner Dreyfus as possible).Very well done.

  • prieditis-arvids
    prieditis arvids

    A schoolteacher Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) a survivor of a road accident awakes from a five-year coma to discover he has psychic abilities, which he gets visions of the past, present and the deadly future. And how he does it, is through the use of touch. But life has changed within that time with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) being married; he’s basically crippled and no longer having a job. So now he uses his abilities to help a sheriff (Tom Skerritt) solve a murder case, to save a child’s life and predicting world’s fate from an evilly corrupt politician (Martin Sheen) who plans to be president.It’s definitely one of my favourite King adaptations and you could say Cronenberg at his best. This time around Cronenberg has taken a more mainstream (even though depressing) approach with none of his grotesque and disturbing visuals evident, but that doesn’t take away from the experience – as on show is good story telling, performances and film-making. Visually the film does hold strong imagery (especially the vision scenes) and also the picture truly captures the unsaturated colours of the wintry backdrop, which makes the bleak atmosphere such a dour affair. Though the sharp stabbing sounds when Johnny gets a vision truly knocks you, but it’s the stinging outcome that made the film for me. Distinctive photography by Mark Irwin was beautifully constructed and pretty smooth in the detail of the settings. While, the driving score stood out and was particularly on the spot with capturing the right mood. Sound performances are given by the likes of the sympathetic Christopher Walken and the innocent Brooke Adams. Martian Sheen delivers a rather hammy performance and Tom Skerritt’s performance is the total opposite, being rather toned down. Cronenberg’s solid direction paces the film swiftly and also creates some well-staged sequences of tension that stick in your head. In all you can always expect dashing film-making by Cronenberg and that’s what you get in this picture.The story is what I had some gripes with. At times it felt like writer Jeffrey Boam was trying to squeeze too much into the story. Some interesting and intelligent sub-plots (murder investigation) felt hurried and rather contrived – it was like it was concentrating and building more towards the final act instead. But then again time is money and it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of this film. The plot is basically a portrait of a man coming to grips with his pain and accepting the fate his been chosen and also throw in some social commentary into the mix. Also added is the occasional dabbing of dry/witty remarks, but for me it was uncomfortable humour. That being pretty much the state of the film. One thing I noticed, but don’t know if this symbolism was intended but the way Johnny is always wearing the black coat reminded me of death (fate). Especially with touch his can see into the future and actually alter what can happen (say death). Maybe it was just I? It isn’t gut wrenching stuff (visually speaking) we’ve come to expect by Cronenberg, but still he nails down a well drawn up and gripping drama/thriller.

  • amanda-graham
    amanda graham

    David Cronenberg’s “The Dead Zone” is certainly one of the best — if not THE best — adaptations of any Stephen King novel on film. It holds up as well now as it did on its premiere over twenty years ago. Among its strengths are Jeffrey Boam’s screenplay — this adaptation catches all the essentials of King’s story (losing only some of the mood-setting backstories), cuts some of the novel’s dross, and adds a few spot-on creative tweaks of its own (e.g. the references to Poe and Irving, quite appropriate given hero Johnny Smith’s profession).The acting is excellent throughout, from the starring roles down through smaller parts such as the hero’s parents. I also love the moody, haunting score by Michael Kamen, which is a masterly adaptation of, and variation on, a theme from the second symphony of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.Be forewarned, however, that “The Dead Zone” is no horror movie in the sense of featuring vampires, ghosties, werewolves, or zombies. It might be called a thriller or even, loosely, science fiction, in the sense that it operates from the hypothetical “what-if?” premise of precognition, or seeing into the future. It could even be called a tragedy. There is certainly a terrible sense of loss over the star-crossed love of Johnny and Sarah at the end of this doom-laden story.

  • vasileva-vasilisa-matveevna
    vasileva vasilisa matveevna

    The Dead Zone is one of those critically acclaimed movies which I’m astounded has taken me this long to get around to.Starring Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and the late great Herbert Lom this Stephen King adaptation tells the story of a man who upon coming out of a coma learns he has gained the power of premonition.The interesting thing about the Dead Zone is it’s almost like a mini-series squeezed into a single film as it doesn’t have one solid storyline throughout and instead is a series of stepping stones to the brilliant finale.The cast are on point and Lom who is famous for his villianous characters (Pink Panther for example) is highly likeable and steals every scene he’s in.I’m so glad coming out of this that I finally got round to it as it is yet another great King adaptation worthy of its acclaim.The Good:Opening a movie with an Edgar Alan Poe quote works for mePerfectly executed from performances to writingGreat finaleThe Bad:Cheating protagonists, they never get oldWould have benefitted from at least 30 minutes moreThings I Learnt From This Movie:It’s scary how alike Martin & Charlie were around the same age

  • lisa-butler
    lisa butler

    I’m a great admirer of David Cronenberg, and “The Dead Zone’ could well be his most underrated movie. The problem is that it’s just not very Cronenbergesque, and being “Deprave” Cronenberg’s first mainstream Hollywood movie, and coming hot off his provocative and mind blowing ‘Videodrome’, many people regard it as some kind of sell out. I really cannot agree. If you forget your preconceived idea of what Cronenberg movies SHOULD be (and let’s not forget his other career oddities ‘Fast Company’ or ‘M. Butterfly’), and just accept it for what it is, you’ll see that it is a very well made and well acted thriller, and is almost impossible to fault. In my opinion it joins Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ and De Palma’s ‘Carrie’ as the most effective Steven King adaptations to date. Christopher Walken is on top form here, and I think gives one of his very best performances. The supporting cast are also excellent, the lovely Brooke Adams (‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’), horror veteran Herbert Lom (‘Mark Of The Devil’), Martin Sheen (‘Badlands’), Tom Skerritt (‘Alien’), Anthony Zerbe (‘The Omega Man’), and Cronenberg regular Nicholas Campbell, who is involved in the movies most unforgettable sequence. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched ‘The Dead Zone’ over the years, but it never fails to hook me in, and I always get something more out of Walken’s performance every time I view it. This movie may not be typical fare from David Cronenberg, but it is one of his most straightforward and entertaining films. Highly recommended.

  • rhoman-alek-sanyan
    rhoman alek sanyan

    “The Dead Zone” is one of the few King novels turned into really good movies. It is very true to the book in its first two thirds and integrates some nice new elements in the last. Making Sarah a supporter of Greg Stillson was a brilliant idea that adds a bit more intensity to the finale. Some details of the novel are only hinted at or cut out entirely (Johnny’s mother’s religious delusion, his first accident on the ice, the Wheel Of Fortune, etc), but compromises have to be made when turning a book with 500 pages into a feature length movie and I think the right editing choices have been made.”The Dead Zone” is not only an overlooked gem when it comes to Stephen King adaptations, it’s also one of Cronenberg’s best directing jobs, not very typical of his work, but pretty timeless. Sure, nowadays the accident at the beginning, Johnny’s visions and the shootout at the end would be made more gripping and spectacular, but those minor flaws don’t really make the movie seem all that dated.Of course, having read the book I enjoyed the movie as a portrayal of events I had pictured in my mind before. I don’t know, if “The Dead Zone” is thrilling to first time viewers, too, since the plot leaps a little, being a series of episodes rather than one continuous story. After all, I believe that Christopher Walken’s performance is strong enough to carry most of the story and make you care about this character and his fate. In fact, all the roles have been cast pretty accurately to my personal imagination.This movie is an artifact of the times when Hollywood’s most important directors would fight for the opportunity to adapt one of Stephen King’s novels. It’s every bit as enjoyable as “The Shining” as a movie, it’s just based on an inferior model. Still, “The Dead Zone” can be recommended to King fans as well as those who are indifferent to his work.

  • austin-eaton
    austin eaton

    The Dead Zone, along with The Shining and Salem’s Lot (1979) is probably one of the best cinematic adaptions of a Stephen King novel. The Dead Zone centers around young schoolteacher John Smith (the awesome Christopher Walken) who leads a pretty normal life in a small town in Maine. John is a nice young man with a classroom full of students who like him, a pretty girlfriend he wants to marry and a good relationship with his mom and dad. But late one night, a horrific car accident takes all of that away from him…and replaces it with the gift – or is it the curse? – of precognition. John awakens from a five year coma to find his girlfriend married to another man, his job long gone and his parents much more feeble and shaken. But the one thing he does have – and isn’t sure he wants – is a powerful ability to see both into the past and the future. Everyone he touches is an open book – the nurse whose house is burning down, the doctor whose mother escaped Nazi occupied Poland, the reporter whose sister killed herself…and a brutal serial killer who is raping and strangling young women. But the worst is yet to come. John meets an eager and ruthless politician (Martin Sheen) who is determined to get into the White House and declare nuclear war in the name of God. John finally decides to make use of his harrowing visions and sets out to change the future, even if it means he will not live to see it for himself.This is an emotional, sorrowful tale of loss, grief and sacrifice. John is no superhero, no butt-kicking killing machine out to stomp the bad guys. He’s a sad, lonely man with a limp and a terrible case of bad luck. The pain of John Smith haunts the expressive face of Christopher Walken throughout the entire film, and the rage he feels at the rotten hand that life has dealt him is understandable, believable and shattering. This is a man who has suffered every pain and loss that a man can suffer, yet is still determined to make the world a safe place for those he loves, even if it means losing them forever.John is indeed one of screendom’s saddest heroes – accessible, believable and heartbreaking. Christopher Walken is thoroughly convincing in his performance here: very likable and, at the same time, frighteningly intense. The cold, eternal winter in which the film takes place just reinforces the sense of loneliness and alienation. The violence is brief, but shocking, and the images are so powerful that they remain with you long after the film ends. Martin Sheen is also incredibly good as the dangerously psycho politician, and Brooke Adams is the dark ghost of regret as John’s true love, Sarah. This is a powerful, unforgettable film, whether you consider it a mystery, a horror-thriller or a tragic love story. Don’t miss it, if you can help it. 10 huge stars!