The Dead Zone (1983)
The film is now streaming on HBO Max.
The film screened at the Grimm Up North festival in Manchester, UK, where Matthew Lee wrote about it in our pages back in 2011:
“Like an episode of TV blown up to feature length there’s precious little subtext here, just sledgehammer morals and easy melodramatic tropes. … Yet while Cronenberg has no opportunity to indulge his signature moves, the director proves he can do almost as well at straight-ahead entertainment as he can mood or think-pieces.”
(Read his review in its entirety.)
More recently, Scream Factory released the film on Blu-ray, prompting our own Michele “Izzy” Galgana to write:
“The genius in this adaptation is multifold with Cronenberg at the helm, assisted by Hill and bankrolled by Dino DeLaurentiis. He sets the melancholy tone early, with Michael Kamen’s perceptive score and use of lighting and color.
“He also infused a real humanity and warmth into the film, and as a result, Walken shines in what is probably the warmest role of his career. Cronenberg, too, is far warmer than his usual clinical gaze, no doubt informed by King’s text and the brilliant adaptation by Jeffrey Boam.”
Read her entire review, including comments on the “fantastic 4K restoration.”)
Source : https://screenanarchy.com/2022/05/celebrating-david-cronenberg-hollywood-and-beyond-gallery.html