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3.9
7,974 Ratings

Videodrome

Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, 1983
Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis

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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Videodrome Directed by David Cronenberg

What are people saying?

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Videodrome

    As a statement, it may be the most prescient social-political commentary in a film of all time. Part-observational, part-crystal gazer foreshadowing of media's smokescreen of manipulation and over-stimulation. It also has never been stronger as now in this computer age. As a film, it's less character driven, thus not pulling you into its mindfuck-surrealism, and making its creativity incredibly sterile in emotion.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Videodrome

    One of Cronenberg's most visionary and disturbing films, anticipating some of the ideas from "eXistenZ". Although "Videodrome" is 35 years old its discourse about immersion into media and amalgamation of body and technology is still up-to-date.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Videodrome

    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.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Videodrome

    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.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Videodrome

    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.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Videodrome

    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.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Videodrome

    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.

  • L.A.™'s rating of the film Videodrome

    Cronenberg is one sick puppy, but we love him. Especially when he is himself. The effects in this film are outrages and the story is even nuttier, but like all trips you've got to just jump in and hope for the best. What comes out on the other well just see for yourself. But dont look to close.

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