The Dead Zone (1983)

David Cronenberg directs Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams and Martin Sheen in this Stephen King adaptation where a mild mannered school teacher wakes up from a coma with clairvoyant powers.

Walken as a Regular Joe (kinda). Cronenberg without anything that inseminates or pulsates. King going for chilling rather than out and out terror. Nobody is working in their natural wheelhouse. Yet this chimes together quite nicely. It is episodic in its structure but that works well. The finale is satisfying, the wintery, dour tone fitting. Sheen makes for a fine political scumbag, the black mirror image of his saintly President Jed in The West Wing. A movie that always impresses me on each revisit.


Perfect Double Bill: 11:22:63 (2016)

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