After a television executive searches for an intense new program for his TV network, he discovers a vhs tape called "Videodrome" which causes him to undergo a series of bizarre hallucinations.
Sometimes, this movie becomes too disgusting to watch (which is a good thing) and for good reasons too because the visuals are very disturbing and well-done. The movie tends to surprise us with its visuals too when we're least expecting it which makes its scenes work even better.
This also has great acting from James Woods. All of the other actors were great too but James Woods was really the only one who I felt stood out in the movie. However, his great performance was enough to carry the movie.
This movie has a chilling message which becomes more powerful today seeing as how technology keeps on advancing which leads to explicit and graphic entertainment rise.
This is still a great movie but I feel that The Fly is a better movie than this. The reason I think so is because The Fly contained well-written characters. I couldn't really connect with Max Renn as I did with Seth Brundle. However, this shouldn't bother you too much if you don't mind lack of character development. However, this is why I feel that The Fly is a little better.
In conclusion, this is a disturbing movie which contains a deep message. It gives audiences some disturbing things to think about. This is an amazing movie and all. I just think that The Fly is better because of its character development. However, you should still see this one too.
The entire film is like a mystery that challenges you to figure out what is real and what is hallucination. I would certainly like it more if they ever made it clear one way or another, but this isn?t that type of movie, and I at least liked the illusion of a thought-provoking puzzle. Sometimes ambiguity can work for me in film, but this one left things a little too opaque. I wanted to understand what was actually happening when Woods was seeing these insane things. Perhaps it all was happening, because they seemed to be playing with a heightened form of reality after the first Videodrome clip is shown. It became particularly confusing when scenes would feel grounded and real, and then suddenly a weird pulsing videotape would appear, and a slot would open in a man?s stomach. As for that stuff, I don?t particularly like watching the gross-out horrific images that Rick Baker brings to life, but I can?t deny they are perfectly crafted and better than all the CGI modern studios could muster.
I appreciate the way Videodrome kept me on the edge of my seat. It?s a tense film, made even moreso by that spooky Howard Shore score. However, as I stated, my opinion comes across as more positive because I expected to hate it so much. Truth be told, there?s a ton of things I didn?t like about the film. I hate horror, and this film was powerfully horrific in some ways. The images stuck in my mind, and made it hard to sleep after watching. The perverse sadomasochistic scene was a good time for me to look away and play a game on my phone, because from the get-go that made my skin crawl. The excessive blood and gore is something I can tolerate a bit more now, but when it feels unnecessary I could do without it. Finally, it feels like Videodrome is trying to make a point about our TV-obsessed culture, but it?s so off-the-wall and odd in the way it delivers its message, I failed to comprehend it. Therefore, while I didn?t despise my experience watching Videodrome, I also didn?t enjoy it and won?t plan on a rewatch.
Definitely one of the weirdest films ever been created. A man watches a videotape. Man goes crazy. Any proper attempt on my part to explain the premise would be futile. Possibly hidden behind the surreal, complex and down-right bizarre are insightful comments on television brainwashing. 'Videodrome' also acts as further proof that practical effects remains genuinely scarier than computer technology. Therefore to say it was a bad film due to my lack of understanding would be short-sighted; nevertheless, the level of confusion I experienced undeniably had a severe impact on its entertainment value.
Saw this on 2/7/16
Videodrome starts well, it could have been many things: a social allegory or a potent observation of violence in society, but instead David Crorenberg had to go way up into his asshole with the totally unnecessary body horror cliches. Drome feels like the most senseless body horror film from Crorenberg.