R | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.
David Cronenberg wanted to change the name of Christopher Walken's character: "I'd never name someone 'Johnny Smith'", he quipped, but in the end it was left as is. The book does specifically mention how it sounds like a fake name.
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door, and his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, and the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on ...
In the fire scene, right after Johnny Smith tells the nurse her daughter is trapped but alive, the camera crane is visible in the window of the Fire Fighter truck that is parked in the driveway.
As the opening titles roll, certain parts (or "dead zones") of the screen become blocked out, until the part of the screen you can see spell out the title "The Dead Zone."
$4,556,083 (USA) (23 October 1983)
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