David Cronenberg turns The Dead Zone into an accomplished psychological thriller.
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By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one.
A well-acted drama more eerie than terrifying, more rooted in the occult than in sheer horror.
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 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]
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.
The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.