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1.0 out of 5 stars Umm...what's all the fuss about?, 28 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: The Dead Zone [DVD] (DVD)
Ok, I bought this film a few days ago and was expecting a good film, since it's based on the Stephen King novel and never have I been disappointed with a King film in the past. However, Dead Zone was an absolute shocker. It's not gory, it's not scary, there's no action, no real drama, no....well, no nothing.
Christopher Walken's character has the occasional premonition about someone's death, helps the police on one occasion try and catch a killer and tries to help a young boy become more sociable. This film was so boring that I genuinely started to drop off and was relieved to finally be able to go to bed when it had finished.
On the back of the DVD cover, it got nothing but praise and stated that it was the "uncut" (snigger) version with the "scissors-suicide" reinstated. Oh yeah, that scene is pretty much the only one with any real gore in it. By the way, could someone please explain to me why this sorry excuse for a film has an 18 certification because it's got me bewildered....
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Initial post: 9 May 2010, 09:52:18 BST
F. Mugavero says:
Anyone tell you your taste is in your mouth? You're a "sorry excuse" for a film critic. Get an attention span.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2010, 22:16:59 BST
Nick H says:
This movie is a timeless classic. Your 'review' is laughable.

Posted on 6 Oct 2010, 10:27:09 BST
M. Carter says:
So you are criticising a film because it lacks gore, action and make-you-jump scares? I would suggest that you stick to something less cerebral, such as Alien vs Predator or the Resident Evil movies.

Posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:47:58 BST
This was an attempt by Cronenberg to surprise people by NOT being visceral and nauseating, and make a different kind of horror movie. For me, it works brilliantly.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014, 23:24:08 BST
KaleHawkwood says:
I think your review is misguided. This was never meant to be a horror film. It`s a subtle, tender film about a traumatised man and his unasked-for, unwanted 'gift'.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2014, 07:24:09 BST
Even the "unwanted gift" is unimportant. The film is about becoming ever more alienated in a world in which one does not seem to fit into. Not the book, which is a poor excuse for a novel.

Posted on 7 Oct 2014, 07:42:37 BST
The 18 certification was put there for the reason of the scene you mention: the uncut version of the "scissors-suicide". It was considered potentially brutalizing to the audience. The shot was reinstated because it is important for the narratiive.

Posted on 3 Mar 2015, 15:11:01 GMT
Jon Shipton says:
"could someone please explain to me why this sorry excuse for a film has an 18 certification because it's got me bewildered...." Certainly! It's for grown-ups... Better stick to 'Saw' movies, Jeremy Kyle, texting and facebook!!!

Posted on 5 Sep 2016, 00:35:27 BST
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2016, 00:35:50 BST
KaleHawkwood says:
It's a superb film, ignore this 'reviewer'.
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