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As you may have guessed I like my television shows and one of my favourite is The Dead Zone. It’s based on a Stephen King novel which was also made into a film by horror master David Cronenberg starring Christopher Walken. The basic story of the film and the series is about Johnny Smith a high school teacher who is one night involved in a terrible car accident and ends up in a coma for six years. When he awakes he finds that he gets psyhic visions of things that have happened or will happen, when he touches objects or people. This includes visions of armageddon from a budding local politician who will do anything to get to the white house. 

 Johnny Smith is played by former 80’s child star, Anthony Michael Hall (Breakfast Club and geeky kid in Weird Science), who brilliantly protrays Johhnys unease but fascination with his powers. The special effects in the show are as good as any hollywood movie , especially when Johnny has flashbacks and time freezes around him. I can’t  recommend this series enough, unfotunately the main channels in the UK ignored it, apart from Five but then they put it on in the middle of the night. The best place to catch it is on the   Sci-fi channel, when the fifth season begins in a few months time.  Of course the best place to catch the US series is on DVD, but avoid the UK releases as it has no extras, instead get the Region 1 sets with commentaries and excellent 5.1 Surround Sound. You can pick these up at www.Playusa.com for only £17.99 each season. Check it out! 

Also it’s well worth checking the movie out, very good film with one of Christopher Walkens best performances.

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