The Dead Zone

“Well, you are either in possession of a very new human ability… or a very old one.”

Back in the 70s and 80s, Stephen King’s stories generally had a lot more scares in them, as did their cinematic equivalents. Perhaps that’s why David Cronenberg’s adaptation of “The Dead Zone” feels a bit out of place — it comes off as much more of a dramatic thriller than a horror film. It certainly garnered critical praise and found its audience, but 31 years later, it comes across a bit dated. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Stephen King series with 1983’s “The Dead Zone.” We talk about our feelings of the movie when we first saw it and where we stand on the film now, finding the film to not hold up that well. We chat about the performances and how they work but don’t grab us – even Christopher Walken who seems to be just developing his strange mannerisms here. We discuss the problematic flow of the story and how its episodic nature really leaves the film forgettable, but perhaps is why the story worked so well in the land of episodic television when the USA Network put it out in 2002. And we touch on the cinematography, the production design and the score, looking at what works and what doesn’t. It’s still a decent film but oddly forgettable upon revisiting it. But that doesn’t stop us from having a great conversation about it. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: Black Sea — “Okay, so it comes out in January. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still hope for something good out of this submarine thriller. Jude Law is always solid, even if the film isn’t. That may not bode well, but I still am holding out for something good from this one."

Pete’s Trailer: Inherent Vice — “P.T. Anderson's latest looks just as fantastic as his other films with a heavy dose of the comedy. Very much looking forward to this one, and possibly a Next Reel series to boot!”