Videodrome

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Released 1983

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Director:
David Cronenberg
Released:
1983
Rating:
R
Videodrome is a 1983 science fiction horror thriller written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods and Deborah Harry, the lead singer of the group Blondie. The film tells the story of Max Renn (James Woods), who is the president of CIVIC-TV (Channel 83, Cable 12), a sleazy Toronto UHF television station specializing in sensationalistic programming. Max is angry and disappointed with his TV station's current programming lineup. Max is on a quest for new programming that will break through with the public and bring his station a larger viewing audience. During his search for new shows, Max learns about an underground program called Videodrome, which broadcasts pornographic snuff films. Horrified, yet at the same time perversely intrigued, Renn sets out to learn the truth about the program, and find out whether or not the violence it depicts is real. In his quest for answers, Max meets sexy femme fatale Nicki (Deborah Harry), technology cult leader Bianca O'Blivion (Sonja Smits), and a number of other wild and mysterious figures. As Max grows addicted to Videodrome, he finds himself trapped in a world of pornography, sadomasochism, and mind control. Can Max uncover the truth before Videodrome destroys his sanity, and infiltrates the entire world?moreless

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  • 88

    TV Guide Magazine

    A fascinating rumination on humanity, technology, entertainment, sex, and politics that is virtually incomprehensible on first viewing and needs to be seen several times before one...

  • 80

    Variety

    Film is dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing. And Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects....

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Though Videodrome finally grows grotesque and a little confused, it begins very well and sustains its cleverness for a long while. (Review of Original Release)

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