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The Dead Zone

Released 1983
Distributor Paramount

Screenwriter Jeff Boam’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1979 novel is one of the best: a multi-layered psychic/political thriller with an end-of-the-world subplot. King’s crowd-pleasing theatrics help leaven the director’s clinical approach, resulting in one of Cronenberg’s most accessible (and financially successful) films. Christopher Walken is the doomstruck psychic who can foretell the future, supported by a solid cast including the great Herbert Lom and Martin Sheen (whose venal, two-faced politician seems to have anticipated several subsequent real-life candidates).

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About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing