Videodrome

1983, Horror, 1h 30m

52 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today. Read critic reviews

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As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn (James Woods) is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

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Audience Reviews for Videodrome

  • Jun 26, 2016
    I love the practical FX, I still don't know how David Cronenberg made it but I have to say, good acting, best animation sequences.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    "I don't get it..." "Don't worry about it." "So it's been a hallucination since the beginning?" "Don't worry about it." "I'm totally lost, can you explain it?" "Don't worry about it."
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2015
    Consider Videodrome to be the first cut of Existenz. A lot of the same themes are here and Cronenberg had more money and chops to do something better with that film. We have a lot here however that is memorable. I do realize that Cronenberg loves the gore but I do have to admit that a lot of it is unnecessary for telling this tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2013
    A truly fascinatingly disturbing film. The idea of how humanity is so dependent on technology, its not just a necessity, its becoming part of us. Featuring some unsettling topics, such as hardcore snuff films and brain tumors, Videodrome will not be the most pleasant ride for anyone. As well as and superb effects, Videodrome is topped with a strong performance from James Woods, who I felt wasn't the most sympathetic character or someone you could connect with, but it was one performance that stood out regardless. David Cronenberg's Videodrome has a chilling message, which is rather relevant for today, on how technology is becoming more advanced, which then leads to the demand in explicit/graphic entertainment rise. This may not entertain everyone, however, its power and messages should be looked at in detail.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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