THE DEAD ZONE
1983, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Director David Cronenberg helms one of the best Stephen King adaptations with Christopher Walken as a young man who receives the gift (or is it curse?) of second sight after a near death accident. Radical upheaval plagues his life as his marriage to Brooke Adams is thwarted, and he becomes involved in helping Sheriff Tom Skerritt track a serial killer. But foreseeing the apocalyptic behavior of power-drunk presidential candidate Martin Sheen provides him with his most tortuous challenge. One of Walken's most poignant, sensitive portrayals.


THE BROOD
1979, Laurem Inc., 90 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

According to director David Cronenberg, this is “…my version of KRAMER VS. KRAMER,” a film that “…had a kind of happy ending. Not my version of that situation.” Disturbed Nola's (Samantha Eggar) suppressed anger at having had her child taken away causes her to become pregnant again - but this time, something horrible and homicidal grows inside her womb. With Oliver Reed.


THE BLOB
1988, Sony Repertory, 95 min, USA, Dir: Chuck Russell

Screenwriter Frank Darabont (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) and director Chuck Russell (THE MASK) teamed up for this exceptionally scary (and exceptionally gory) remake of the 1950s cult favorite, resulting in a rare reboot that’s superior to the original. Cheerleader Shawnee Smith and rebel biker Kevin Dillon team up to take on an amorphous substance that engulfs an entire small town while shadowy government operatives try to figure out how to harness its power; the substance itself - the blob of the title - is a marvel of state-of-the art 1980s special effects that still holds up today.


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