Director: David Cronenberg
Runtime: 103 minutes
TV Rating: TV14
The Dead Zone is a 1983 American horror thriller film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film stars Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Tom Skerritt. The plot revolves around a schoolteacher, Johnny Smith (Walken), who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers.
In the town of Castle Rock, Maine, Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken), a young New England schoolteacher, is in love with his colleague Sarah Bracknell (Brooke Adams). He is involved in a serious car accident that sends him into a coma. He awakes under the care of neurologist Dr. Sam Weizak (Herbert Lom) and counts himself fortunate when he notes no casts, bandages or visible signs of injuries on his body. However, the awakening turns rude when he is told that five years have passed since he last knew consciousness and his girlfriend has long since married and had a child. Johnny’s transition back to life is made rougher when he discovers that he has the ability to learn a person’s secrets (past, present, future) through making physical contact with them. Despite helping the citizens, this ability leaves him an outcast in his hometown.