The Dead Zone
Facts and Figures
Run time: 103 mins
In Theaters: Friday 21st October 1983
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Dino De Laurentiis Company, Lorimar Film Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 36 Rotten: 4
IMDB: 7.3 / 10
The Dead Zone Movie Review
Walken stars as high school teacher Johnny Smith, who wrecks his Beetle and spends five years in a coma, only to discover he now has the gift of second sight. Predicting local tragedies is one thing, but eventually he becomes entangled in a political race (with Martin Sheen running for President), and Johnny foresees that if he wins, disaster will ensue (you know, the nuclear kind).
David Cronenberg's direction -- his first mainstream job, after Videodrome -- is apt and creepy, though the story never really goes as far as it could have. Still, it's a creepy little mystery, especially for a King flick.
The Dead Zone gets a curious upgrade with a new DVD release from Sanctuary Visual Entertainment (though I don't know where you can actually buy it). The film is restored and uncut, and it also provides a commentary track from a couple of film critic types, debating the merits of the movie. It's kind of like sitting around with a couple of your film snob pals, listening to them drone on and on about some obscure Japanimation production (which, if you're me, happens far more often than you'd think).