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Cronenberg Double Bill: The Dead Zone + Scanners
Cronenberg Double Bill: The Dead Zone + Scanners
Dead by Dawn - Scotland's international horror film festival.
  • 18
  • 3h46m
    The Dead Zone
    David Cronenberg USA 1983 1h43m
    English and Russian with English subtitles
    18
    Cast: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt , Herbert Lom.
    'The Dead Zone' does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural. Like 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Exorcist', it tells its story so strongly through the lives of sympathetic, believable people that we not only forgive the gimmicks, we accept them. There is pathos in what happens to the Christopher Walken character in this movie and that pathos would never be felt if we didn't buy the movie's premise.The movie is based on a novel by Stephen King and is directed by David Cronenberg and it's a happy collaboration. No other King novel has been better filmed.'
    From a review by Roger Ebert'
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    David Cronenberg Canada 1981 1h43m Digital
    18
    Cast: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane.
    Vale dresses like a hobo and doesn't feel much healthier as he negotiates a cup of coffee in a shopping mall's busy cafe. When he overhears two women on a nearby table discussing their distaste for his appearance, he focuses on the elder of the pair and concentrates his psychic powers to a point where she's reduced to the floor writhing in pain.As he gets up to leave, his telekinetic actions have alerted two men lurking in the shadows who give chase and shoot him with a tranquiliser dart. When he awakens, Vale is strapped to a bed in a warehouse.'
    From a review by Stuart Willis for SGM'