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The Dead Zone Remake (2019)

Discussion in 'The Dead Zone' started by Matt Hancock, Aug 8, 2017.

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Should it be remade?

  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
    87.5%
  1. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    Agree. I love Cronenberg's earlier films: Scanners, Videodrome (also '83 if memory serves correct?), The Brood. Great stuff. He lost me a little bit at Dead Ringers. That's not his fault, it's mine. When I watched it I was younger and expecting the crazy body horror stuff that he was known for at that time. Instead I got this psychological thriller/drama that I wasn't ready for. I think it needs a re-watch. I do recall that Jeremy Irons is terrific in the film - go figure. What isn't Jeremy Irons terrific in?
     
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  2. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    Dead Ringers is amongst the best things he's done, imo. You should definitely rewatch it. As much as I loved it, he lost me a little bit after that with Naked Lunch. Maybe you have to be familiar with the book to like it, or understand it better, but it didn't click with me. M. Butterfly (also with Irons), which came after Naked Lunch, I liked at the time, but I haven't seen it in ages - one of those 'forgotten films' that's hard to find.
    Also his work after that, Crash and eXistenZ don't seem quite as good as his earlier stuff. Spider is actually a good film, but it a bit hard to recognize as a Cronenberg film, as it feels very British and you expect some British director was behind it.
    A History of Violence was his big return of course, and I think more general audiences see that as his masterpiece, where horrorfans will most likely choose Videodrome (I would choose the latter too).
    Of the films after that I especially like A Dangerous Method a lot (it looks absolutely fantastic on the blu-ray I have), but probably Cosmopolis the most. Cosmopolis feels most like his earlier horror work to me, even though it is not horror. His kind of horror is often described as 'body-horror', but in a way the films always were kind of sci-fi too; not in a very clear way though - they seem to take place in the present, but the ideas that are presented feel sci-fi often. That sci-fi vibe was back in Cosmopolis.
    Maps to the Stars, his latest, was not bad, but it didn't feel very Cronenberg, even less than Spider perhaps.
     
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  3. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I really wanted to like A History of Violence. It had such promise. Oddly enough, what ended up hurting it for me was William Hurt's performance, of all things. Personally, I think he's one of our best actors and I just couldn't find him believable in the role. I may revisit that one as well, because the first hour + or so of that film is terrific.
     
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  4. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    But isn't Hurt hardly in it? If I'm not mistaken only towards the end... I thought everyone in it is terrific: Mortensen, Bello, and especially Harris.

    What suddenly occured to me about what made this film feel very Cronenberg and similar to his earlier horrorfilms, even if it is not horror: there is a certain inevitability concerning the fate of the main characters of his films. You constantly see in the last act of his films that they have to face a confrontation they can't avoid (and that often seems to be their death or undoing). When Mortensen drives back in his car to his criminal past he thought he had managed to escape, it feels very Cronenberg to me. It's probably what appealed to him about The Dead Zone as well, but it is also in numerous of his other films - clearly a main theme of his work.
     
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  5. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    Yes - only the last 30 minutes or so, and if memory serves correct, he got an Acadamy Award nomination for it! I couldn't wrap my head around it. He seemed (to me anyway) so miscast in the part that it took me completely out of the experience, and I hate that. It's like Ted Dansen showing up in Saving Private Ryan - what the hell??
     
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  6. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    The Oscars don't make much sense often. The other three deserved it more in this case probably. I can't remember if it bothered me, at least not so much that it took me out of the movie.
     
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  7. HedlessChickn

    HedlessChickn Booger Eater Extraordinaire

    We're watching this being remade in real time.

    And there is no Johnny Smith-like person to stop it.

    May FSM help us all.
     
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  8. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's a popular enough book to get turned get a two film deal. And the reason it's not one of his bigger books is probably the same reason it wouldn't break any box office records today, it's not Horror (what people generally think of and want out of King, plus horror is still big in theaters) and it's not going to work as an adrenaline-fueled popcorn flick. It's subtle, and subtle isn't the type of thing you can count on two put butts in the seats twice. Plus I just don't think there's enough material for two movies, at least not two good ones.

    Besides, The Dead Zone was already remade to perfection...
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