The story seems to take place in its production time, the early 1980s. The doctor, played by Herbert Lom
, seems much too old to have been a child during WW2. In fact Lom was 22 when the war started. See more
[Johnny is reading "The Raven" to his class
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door, and his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, and the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor, and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted... nevermore.
As the opening titles roll, certain parts (or "dead zones") of the screen become blocked out, until the part of the screen you can see spell out the title "The Dead Zone." See more