“The television screen has become the retina of the mind’s eye.”
I think it's overrated, but points given for Debbie Harry.
over 3 years
Cronenberg delivers a trippy, disturbing, grim mindfuck of a film
So creepy, an absolute masterpiece from David Cronenberg,
Prophetic and wickedly realised, it still has a power to shock and disturb.
over 5 years
Gritty and raw. Great.
Cronenberg classic. surreal sexy S&M greatness. Another favorite of mine.
Gross-out for gross-out's sake, hidden behind glaringly obvious Freudian symbolism.
One of the strangest films I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of strange films.
Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and singer Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal's source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations. The film has been described as "techno-surrealist".
Max Renn (James Woods) is the president of CIVIC-TV (Channel 83, Cable 12), a sleazy Toronto UHF television station specializing in sensationalistic programming. Displeased with his station's current lineup (which mostly consists of softcore pornography and gratuitous violence), Max is on a seemingly endless quest for something that will break through to a new audience. One morning, he is summoned to the clandestine office...