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November 19, 2015
A very engaging beginning, but that feeling gets lost between all the conspiracies and whatnot. Maybe it should be a bit longer so it wouldn't feel so rushed.
November 15, 2015
This is probably David Cronenberg's best movie. Extremely underrated and well ahead of it's time, it could have easily been a book written by William Burroughs or James Ballard.
The thematic of this post-modern masterpiece is once again the classic Cronenberg obsession with the ways technology completely transforms the human body and soul (and vice versa). Do not mind the cheesy trailer (80s) and don't miss the opportunity to enter the Cronenberg universe in it's most complete form. Long live the new flesh!

Grade: A+
November 10, 2015
Compelling sensuality.
½ November 8, 2015
Deeply disturbing horror from Canadian director David Cronenburg.
The film features scenes of extreme visual hallucinations caused by a fictitious video cassette program called Videodrome.
Basically the main character Max Renn (James Woods) is the CEO of a small Toronto television station that specialises in broadcasting sensationalist/soft porn/horror output.
Renn comes across a new show idea called Videodrome based on illegally viewed output from a supposedly foreign country but is eventually revealed to be orifinating from Pittsburgh.
Viewing the sadistic Videodrome program causes a cycle of hallucinations and brain injury.
Renn succombs to these. In order to escape the 'spell' of Videodrome he must turn into an assassin. Killing his colleagues and the people behind Videodrome. (Are you keeping up?)
The film features some awesome special effects from make up specialist Rick Baker (Star Wars Episode IV and Planet of the Apes).
If the Conservative Canadians were shicked by Cronenburgs debut feature in 1975 then this must quite literally blow their torsos open!
½ November 5, 2015
Unsettling and macabre yet captivating, Videodrome's special effects and VHS aesthetic create a distant yet familiar universe of violence and obsession.
½ October 31, 2015
What the hell is that?I understand the virulent message about media control and human thought but this movie is very weird!
October 26, 2015
Bizarre and weird film involving, sadomasochism, mind control, and televisions.
October 26, 2015
Extra points for absolute insanity.
½ October 9, 2015
Such a stupid movie!!! What a waist of time!
½ September 26, 2015
Meandering and pretentious for the most part. This movie kind of lost me, then had me, then lost me again. I loved the concept of this tumor developing and it being a furthering of your brain growth, but then they just moved on to some bizarre government conspiracy that felt meaningless. Loved the breathing televisions and VHS tapes but they were banking too strongly on this fear of objects being inserted into a (very vaginal) canal on Wood's stomach... an idea perhaps scarier for men than women.
In the end I suppose the message is good. While it may seem innocent enough to watch a video, when we're exposed to images of violence -- whether they be real or fake-- there is a profound effect on us. Things that should horrify become normalized, and it can blunt our sense of empathy in our day to day lives. In the end of the movie, we can't leave Videodrome either.
½ September 20, 2015
it was pretty hard for me to follow but interesting nonetheless
½ September 16, 2015
Videodrome is still relevant after 20+ years, even more so now with the increasing involvement of technology in our daily lives. The overall message is what makes it interesting. Other than that, it is random and weird. The twisted plot is hard to follow and understand.
August 19, 2015
Creepy movie. Strange Canadians. Like many have said, great idea...loses me in the end. This seems to be a precursor to Inception, but not as crappy.
½ August 14, 2015
A WTF-Movie that starts promising, but at the end you don't really know what is happening in the Moment
½ August 6, 2015
When it comes to horror, there are some directors that are considered "horror masters" (even if some don't deserve the title) like: Dario Argento , Clive Barker, Alfred Hitchcock, Tobe Hooper, George A Romero, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, and Wes Craven. But even if some directors truly deserve the title, one director that I really consider a master of the genre and of psychological thrillers, is the Canadian sociopath who goes by the name David Cronenberg.
Max Renn is the president of a controversial TV station that specializes in shocking imagery (from pornography to extreme violence). Max wants to find something new that would push boundaries in order to provide a new experience to his viewers, and in his searching he finds his perfect program called "Videodrome", but this program is more than meets the eye.
David Cronenberg is undeniably the ultimate master of the body horror subgenre, and an extremely talented and visionary director, so it is a challenging task to decide what is his greatest film and I would say that title could arguably go to "Videodrome". "Videodrome" counts with Cronenberg´s stylistic and heavily thematic directing, a extremely peculiar and interesting story, solid acting, unforgettable/shocking surreal and gruesome visuals that have aged well, it has some doses of campy comedy (I don't know if that was intentional), themes that are still relevant and are executed marvelously thanks to the visual style that Cronenberg is known for, characters that are disgusting but extremely interesting, dialog that's extremely peculiar but it works perfectly with the dark environment, heavy use of symbolism, and a creepy and disturbing atmosphere that will alienate some people but that's the objective of horror (to make you uncomfortable). My big issue with this peculiar body horror film is the last 13 minutes. Up until that point the film was this psychological body horror film that had symbolism and well executed themes but then it mixes reality with the main characters psychology thus becoming this unnecessarily violent resolution that takes you out of the experience.
"Videodrome" is a disturbing and smart horror film that has its doses of campiness, but it is unforgettable, deep, and arguably Cronenberg´s masterpiece. If you enjoy horror film that aren't mindless or well made dark satires, this is a must see for you; but if you are into general slasher/gore fest films, you should avoid this one as you will most likely find it boring.
August 3, 2015
David Cronenberg's best, and possibly James Woods' best. A horrifying body-horror film that is at once both a burning satire and a glorious bit of existential dread wrapped up into one awesome movie.
July 31, 2015
Though, dated in early 1980's paranoia, this masterful low budget cult classic still packs an entertaining punch. "Long live the new flesh!"
July 27, 2015
Cronenberg's early to mid-eighties work is consistently arresting. They are certainly horrific, but Cronenberg was able to take the forms of horror and give them a certain philosophical relevance. This piece was a lot of fun, I think. I wonder if Cronenberg, in many of these films, was trying to cinematically map our body in a postmodern culture? They flow as if he had read Lyotard or Jameson. Cronenberg and Lynch both seem narrativize and imagine profoundly traumatic psychic events -- the former's genius is, I think, in his constantly morphing bodies. They have a plasticity which, while both haunting and grotesque, in a literal sense "give body" to concepts otherwise unimaginable, eg, the way the television set becomes organic while James Woods' character's body becomes more hardware, even being able to accept VHS tapes into a slit in his stomach.
July 17, 2015
Creepy and jarring with a fun splash of classic 80's movie gore.
½ July 11, 2015
Twisted & though-provoking film that, for better or worse, is David Cronenberg at his finest. Woods gives one of his best lead performances, whose intelligence & charm is convincing, even when the film takes some crazy detours. He is matched by Deborah Harry who makes a fine femme fatale. The real star, though, is Cronenberg's writing & direction, crafting a film like no other (as with the rest of his work), that is disturbing & fascinating at the same time. While TV technology is dated for today (even the tapes that are used are Beta-Max), Cronenberg does predict the content & obsession some take with visual content (the pirated signals can almost be scene as modern day internet). The visual effects by Rick Baker still hold up, since they were all done practically, and you will never look at a TV the same way again. While Cronenberg is a acquired taste, this film is a feast for those that like him.
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