Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Dead Zone movie Christopher Walken David Cronenberg Stephen King
The Dead Zone (1983)
Directed by David Cronenberg
This feels like four films rolled into one: horror flick, small-town murder mystery, cruel melodrama, and Parallax View-style political thriller. Yet despite its disparate elements, it forms a cohesive whole that is terrifying by virtue of its spectacularly poignant resolution. This is largely due to its stellar cast, which features a golden-era Christopher Walken as the telekinetic, overburdened protagonist, and Martin Sheen as a aw-shucks populist candidate who’s secretly a war-hawk (eerily prefiguring George W. Bush), with the always-excellent Tom Skeritt and (here subdued) Herbert Lom. It’s a shame Cronenberg and Stephen King haven’t collaborated since. Violet Lucca (Sep 20 at Nitehawk)

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