The Dead Zone (presented by Kathy Griffin!)

Uh, yes, you heard right. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning queen of ribald comedy glamour Kathy Griffin lists David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone as one of her favorite films. To quote Kathy’s own Twitter: “I’ve watched it countless times.” And why not; it’s one of the best Stephen King adaptations still yet committed to film, centering around a magnificent lead performance by Christopher Walken, one that rivals the sheer tension of his work in The Deer Hunter. Walken’s a schoolteacher-turned-psychic who, after he starts displaying the ability to solve murders through paranormal means, is driven to assassinate caustic Presidential candidate Martin Sheen (who’s equally brilliant in his oily, snake-like supporting turn) before Sheen wins, and enacts global nuclear war. We seriously cannot wait to hear Kathy’s take on this gem in the Cronenberg canon.
Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983, 35mm, 103 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

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