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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

For anyone in the UK, the free view channel Horror is showing The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg/Stephen King) this Monday night at 9.00 o clock.
It's not that oft shown, as far as I know.
I love this film and the score by Michael Kamen is ace too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 3:44 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

For anyone in the UK, the free view channel Horror is showing The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg/Stephen King) this Monday night at 9.00 o clock.
It's not that oft shown, as far as I know.
I love this film and the score by Michael Kamen is ace too.


Can't forget the scissors in the bath room.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

The Wind and the Lion 8/10 ( maybe more). A personal favourite. I like everything about it. The music, the scenery, Candice Bergen at her loveliest. The actor playing the boss German ( he of the severe face, he was in fistful of dynamite). Followed by some shite called-

Gun belt 2/10 with George Montgomery and John Dehner. Fairly insignificant. Dehner is usually a good watch but he was killed after about ten minutes.


 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

That "German" guy is Antoine Saint-John, french actor.
The one eating raw eggs n cleaning his teeth?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

That "German" guy is Antoine Saint-John, french actor.
The one eating raw eggs n cleaning his teeth?


Correct, he looks more German than some Germans. Apparently when he was born they smacked his mum. smile

Also I even liked Hamish MacRaisuli.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I'm loath to give any films I love 10/10, I don't know why.
Is there any such thing as the perfect film?
But based on how it affects me and makes me feel, and the acting and cinematography and direction and music, THE DEAD ZONE (1983) comes pretty close to being the perfect film for me.
I have no problem giving it a 9.5/10 and having watched it again tonight, it's just a masterpiece of fantasy/thriller film making.
The tragedy and foreboding atmosphere is compelling and floors me every time.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

DANGER SIGNAL (1945) – 7/10

This OK suspense film finds murderer “Ronnie Marsh” (Zachary Scott) moving to a new town and taking a room in the home of stenographer “Hilda Fenchurch” (Faye Emerson) and her mother. Hilda is smitten by the charming Ronnie, and in time he proposes marriage. But when Ronnie finds out that Hilda’s younger sister “Anne” (Mona Freeman) is soon to come into an inheritance of $25,000, he quickly shifts his attentions to her. Equally mesmerized by the older man, as was her sister, Anne takes Hilda’s warnings of his duplicity as evidence of jealousy. After Hilda finds a gun in Ronnie’s room, she’s desperate to stop him from marrying Anne.

This picture seems to borrow elements from other suspense films, such as Hitchcock’s 1943 SHADOW OF A DOUBT, but the plot points were already in Phyllis Bottome’s 1939 source novel. Unfortunately, the film’s buildup of suspense is periodically interrupted by frivolities involving Anne’s school chum “Bunkie Taylor” (Dick Erdman) and Hilda’s gal pal at work “Katie” (Joyce Compton). There is also a rushed and unsatisfying ending to the film. The picture likely played as a second feature, and racked up an underwhelming $1.9 million at the box office.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I'm loath to give any films I love 10/10, I don't know why.
Is there any such thing as the perfect film?
But based on how it affects me and makes me feel, and the acting and cinematography and direction and music, THE DEAD ZONE (1983) comes pretty close to being the perfect film for me.
I have no problem giving it a 9.5/10 and having watched it again tonight, it's just a masterpiece of fantasy/thriller film making.
The tragedy and foreboding atmosphere is compelling and floors me every time.


The Dead Zone (1983) is a film I've enjoyed, though don't rate it so highly. We saw it at the cinema (those were the days when we went quite often ... frown) and I've watched it at least twice on TV since. I've seen only a few David Cronenberg films but this is easily my favourite (probably the only one I like!)

Great cast, though I was never a fan of Brooke Adams, with some wonderful wintery Canadian scenery.
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

I'm loath to give any films I love 10/10, I don't know why.
Is there any such thing as the perfect film?
But based on how it affects me and makes me feel, and the acting and cinematography and direction and music, THE DEAD ZONE (1983) comes pretty close to being the perfect film for me.
I have no problem giving it a 9.5/10 and having watched it again tonight, it's just a masterpiece of fantasy/thriller film making.
The tragedy and foreboding atmosphere is compelling and floors me every time.


I made a point of watching this last night - as you say, it's rarely shown. The emotional clout that Kamen's score provides to Johnny's situation is powerful. By the end, a tear was shed. Again.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"I made a point of watching this last night - as you say, it's rarely shown. The emotional clout that Kamen's score provides to Johnny's situation is powerful. By the end, a tear was shed. Again"
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Indeed.
Like CARRIE (another damn fine Stephen King film adaptation) it's a film that lingers with me long after the End Credits have rolled. Can even affect my mood.
I want it to end differently (happier?)...but not really. As such is life.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"The Dead Zone (1983) is a film I've enjoyed, though don't rate it so highly. We saw it at the cinema (those were the days when we went quite often ... frown) and I've watched it at least twice on TV since. I've seen only a few David Cronenberg films but this is easily my favourite (probably the only one I like!)"
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Hey Mitch, what are we talking here? 4/10!!! Surely not wink
I remember spending a day in Niagara On The Lake and noticing the Gazebo* and Johnny's house, without having fully remembered beforehand it was where a lot of the film was shot.
It gave the visit an extra cool shot of buzz for me.

*Gazebo. Dya like that word Alma? GAZ-EEE-BOH!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

"I made a point of watching this last night - as you say, it's rarely shown. The emotional clout that Kamen's score provides to Johnny's situation is powerful. By the end, a tear was shed. Again"
------------------------
Indeed.
Like CARRIE (another damn fine Stephen King film adaptation) it's a film that lingers with me long after the End Credits have rolled. Can even affect my mood.
I want it to end differently (happier?)...but not really. As such is life.


I wonder how Kamen would have approached the score had THE DEAD ZONE ended with a happy resolution. His score is so rooted in the tragedy of Sarah and Johnny's doomed relationship that having a happy ending would have changed the scores feel completely.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Yes. There is a heavy, moody atmosphere inherent in the the music that really adds to the tragedy and drama unfolding.
It's one of those films that I cannot imagine without its score.
All those low reed instruments going off under the many sequences of suspense.
The main theme (taken from a classical work) fits the mood and characters like a glove.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Hell on the border
2019
Incoherent mess about Bass Reeves, a posseman who became the first black marshall. Wasted the premise of a good story. Poorly executed with wacky camera angles that missed half of what was going on. It looked like it had been filmed by a 17 year old student after about his 2nd week of film studies! And dreadful songs that were annoyingly inappropriate.
2 out of 10.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

"The Dead Zone (1983) is a film I've enjoyed, though don't rate it so highly. We saw it at the cinema (those were the days when we went quite often ... frown) and I've watched it at least twice on TV since. I've seen only a few David Cronenberg films but this is easily my favourite (probably the only one I like!)"
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Hey Mitch, what are we talking here? 4/10!!! Surely not wink
...


My IMDb rating is 6/10 ... oh ye, of little faith smile But having read all these comments about MK incorporating Sibelius' music into his score (I wouldn't have known this a few years ago) I shall have to watch it again with an open ear ... my appreciation of JS's works has consistently climbed of late.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Hell on the border
2019...
2 out of 10.

What?! ... I thought your lowest rating was 7.4, Bill!

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Hell on the border
2019...
2 out of 10.

What?! ... I thought your lowest rating was 7.4, Bill!


Not for utter claptrap.
For that i get down and dirty on the scoring. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (1960) – 7/10

This is a case of a simple plot, finely executed by a solid cast. Audie Murphy is mistaken for a shotgun killer and nearly lynched, but escapes with a young woman (Felicia Farr) as hostage. The unarmed pair are on foot, and are being tracked by a posse lead by a ruthless marshal (Stephen McNally) who wants Murphy shot on sight. A lengthy chase begins.

The film really gives you a sense of desperation, as Murphy first finds that he can’t convince anyone in town of his real identify, then finds that even the marshal doesn’t really care whether he’s the right man or not. As directed by veteran western hand George Sherman, it all plays out in fine fashion. William Lava and Irving Gertz collaborated on the active score. Despite its good points, the film was a weak performer at the box office, with a $1.7 million gross.


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2020 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

One of the Sony Movie Channels in the UK has just become Sony Christmas Movies from today!!!
Jesus Wept!! (but not for another 3 months or so).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2020 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Jesus Wept!!

How many out if ten does it get smile

 
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