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Discussion in 'The Dead Zone' started by !redruM, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. !redruM

    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    I watched the Dead Zone for the first time this previous Monday or Tuesday. I was eager to see it for two reasons-Stephen King adaptation, and, equally as important, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN. I felt that all in all, it was an amazing film. I have not read the book, but based off of the film, I'd say I've got some more reading to get to! :)
    Your thoughts?
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  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    The book was very good - I read it when it first came out and then recently (in the last couple of years). I also really like Christopher Walken, so I hope that some day I do get to see the Dead Zone on film.
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  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I have seen and loved the movie! And I am getting this book in the mail this week from a friend on here! Can't wait to read it.
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  4. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    We need to find that on DVD and send it to you - it really is very good! Since I haven't read the book yet, I can't speak for whether it's a good adaption but it was mysterious and disturbing and believable and felt just like reading a King novel. And Christopher Walken is so great in it.
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  5. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Oh good - glad they did not mess up a good story! (it sounds like it was all believable) - maybe I can find it on Youtube!
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  6. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    neesy...this, for me, ranks up there with 'stand by me' and 'misery' as amongst the very best SK adaptions/movies...

    a pure pleasure from beginning to end...

    of course...THE BOOK IS BETTER... but this is one spiffy movie.

    for my money, david cronenbergs best early movie...
  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I will have to go check it out for sure now - and of course the book is better! (it always is) :rugby::smug::nerd:

    hmmm - David Cronenberg, eh? Now it sounds even better! =D
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  8. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    The movie is good, but the book is better.
  9. SutterKane

    SutterKane Well-Known Member

    One of the better book-to-film transfers in the King Canon.

    A little meaningless trivia to add to the conversation:

    The screenwriter wanted to shoot a different ending, where John doesn't Die and instead has psychic flashes of the Castle Rock Killer escaping from prison, setting up a sequel. Cronenburg threatened to walk if they didn't revise it.
  10. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    A pretty good film, and a better book. Don't expect creepy Walken, though.
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  11. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Over the years and after a few viewings it has become one of my favorite SK adaptions. Walken is excellent in it and makes for a very sympathetic character. Martin Sheen is great too. Well done.
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  12. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Great movie, but it needed more Cow-Bell.:)
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  13. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    It isn't one of my SK faves.
    I dig Chris Walken in anything, but just because he's in it doesn't render it stellar.
  14. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Look forward to it, it's pretty faithful.
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  15. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    love him in Suicide Kings.
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  16. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    Great adaption and Walken is still creepy, just in a different way. Also it just has a overall strong feeling of dread. Just a dark film really.
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  17. Rockym

    Rockym Well-Known Member

    I disagree. I just watched it again after re-reading the novel. It's a typical SK adaption, the movie itself isn't bad, but it's a terrible adaptation, kinda like the Shining. They left out or changed way too much.
    They completely left out the whole Wheel of Fortune thing, which I thought was a big element to what was happening. Heck the whole scene at the county fair was kinda pointless, since they just rode a roller coaster. They even completely changed the accident. No cab or drag racers. And also in the book, Sarah had nothing to do with Stillson. ANd that's just scratching the surface.
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  18. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    I guess I have to agree with you on that, I should not of said great adaption, but just that its a good movie on its own.
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  19. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Even Cronenbergs' bad stuff is still interesting. I recently re-read the book but haven't seen the movie since it came out on VCR video rental. I'll check my local library cuz now I wanna see it.
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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I really like both the book and the movie.
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