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The Dead Zone

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United States, Canada · 1983
1h 43m
Director David Cronenberg
Starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller

Johnny is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him, but one night, he gets into a car crash that puts him in a coma. 5 years later, he awakens with the ability to see into the past, present, and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

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David Cronenberg turns The Dead Zone into an accomplished psychological thriller.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

It never really chills you, but then it never insults you, either, and it's more affecting than you expect any film based on a Stephen King novel to be. [22 Oct 1983]


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Jay Scott

The Dead Zone, from the book by Stephen King, a horror novelist whose prolific output is the scariest thing about him, is academic filmmaking all the way, a crafty Establishment tour de force. [21 Oct 1983]


Empire by Kim Newman

It has some of that episodic ‘compressed miniseries’ feel which a lot of King pictures get stuck with (the book was later redone as a TV serial with Anthony Michael Hall) but still manages a lot of powerful material.

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