In a bid to boost ratings, a programmer for a trashy cable channel broadcasts a hyper-violent torture show called Videodrome. Whilst trying to uncover its origins, he goes on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of conspiracy, sadomasochism and bodily transformation.
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As a metaphor, it works quite well: it's society of the spectacle with a b-horror twist. But i can't help it, I wanted more remarkable actings and to be honest a few more incredible scenes. It does deliver a good job on the special effects department, but I just think I wished more from it. For a snuff reference, it brings too little snuff and too much american television.
James Woods was always great at playing sleazy and he is super sleazy in this masterpiece from David Cronenberg. The special makeup effects are extraordinary too making this film one hell of an experience.
My father's favorite film because it confirmed all those bad things he thought about the influence of television. He hated it, yet it was so alluring to him. He would stand in the living room disapproving of what we were watching, yet he could not leave. We ended up watching crap movies because he was standing there eating peach ice cream telling us how bad it was. I thought the movie was a bit too obvious.
This movie should be required viewing in all high schools. It teaches the dangers of sex, violence, commercialism, hedonism, and over-reliance on technology. Cronenberg's sense of venereal horror is truly terrifying, and some of the scenes are downright disturbing. But his sense of the poetic is always welcome, and the moral that we are loosing our freedom and our flesh to technology is a timely and relevant warning.
Videodrome gets better every time I see it. Between the seediness Rick Baker's beautifully repellent and organically vile make-up designs and the mindfuck elements of the story (I never have any idea what's r e a l l y going on, even at the end) I'm absolutely in love with Videodrome. Its quickly becoming one of those rare movies I want to immediately watch again once its over.
http://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/videodrome-cronenberg-1983/ Link includes review + access to press photos taken by me during Cronenberg Evolution at TIFF. Cronenberg’s ability to make visible such complex concepts is astounding.
93/100 – Amazing.