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Sci-fi horror filmmaker David Cronenberg's (Scanners) diabolical invader is a television show that seduces and controls its viewers. Featuring rock star Deborah Harry (in her first major film) as a kinky hostess, James Woods as a cable programmer looking for the ultimate in viewing thrills, and special make-up effects by Oscar®-winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Star Wars), Videodrome is a pulsating science fiction nightmare about a world where video can control and alter human life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 44
- Fresh: 35
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Though Videodrome finally grows grotesque and a little confused, it begins very well and sustains its cleverness for a long while.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Never coherent and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience -- a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.
Rotten: There are distinct signs of strain in the plot convolutions, not least in the spectator's loss of faith over indiscriminate and cheating use of hallucination; what certainly survives is Cronenberg's wholesale disgust with the world in general.
Death to Videodrome.
Long live the new flesh!
Your parents were right, TV will rot your brain!
A pornographic television signal causes brain tumors and hallucinations in those who watch, ultimately allowing its creators to control their viewers. Who is sending it and why? Plan on watching it several times to really understand what is going on- the movie alternates between showing what is being hallucinated by the protagonist and what is "real" without telling you (the audience) which is which, leaving you guessing. Not particularly scary (although it has some rather gory moments), it is more effective as a commentary on the place television has in our society and individual lives.
"A shocking new vision."
Videodrome is essentially David Cronenberg's exploration on the ideas of media profit Marshall Mcluhan. It's an examination of media and technology, and the effects it has on us. Cronenberg uses his signature "organic horror" style of film making to give us a visual representation of these ideas and thoughts. I strongly recommend it for anyone with an interest in the effects of technology and entertainment on society, as well as anyone who is just a fan of Horror films.