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Stephen King On Screen

The Dead Zone

After waking from a coma, Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) discovers he has dangerous psychic powers.

There will be a free Future Film Recommends post-screening discussion for 16 to 25-year-olds after the Tuesday 5 September screening.

Image from The Dead Zone

USA 1983
Dir David Cronenberg
With Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen
104min
Video
Certificate 15

Despite a significant streamlining of the narrative (King’s more faithful treatment was in fact rejected), this portentous adaptation remains an incredibly effective one. After waking from a coma, Johnny Smith discovers he has psychic powers – powers which come with devastating consequences. Cronenberg’s first literary adaptation marked a surprising shift to the mainstream for the director, although his chilly, brooding aesthetic is still palpable.

There will be a free Future Film Recommends post-screening discussion for 16 to 25-year-olds after the Tuesday 5 September screening.


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