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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 45
- Fresh: 35
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
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.
Rotten: Simultaneously stupefying and boring, Videodrome is too extreme a blunder to survive exposure to a justifiably disillusioned horror-movie public.
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.
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.
Death to Videodrome
Director David Cronenberg uses a blend of sci-fi and physical horror in order to create unease in his audience. Congratulations Dave. I had my parents watch this with me and it was definately an uneasy moment. You win. Now leave me alone.