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Love it or loathe it, David Cronenberg's 1983 horror filmVideodromeis a movie to be reckoned with. Inviting extremes of response from disdain (critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the least entertaining films ever made") to academic euphoria, it's the kind of film that is simultaneously sickening and seemingly devoid of humanity, but also blessed with provocative ideas and a compelling subtext of social commentary. Giving yet another powerful and disturbing performance, James Woods stars as the operator of a low-budget cable-TV station who accidentally intercepts a mysterious cable transmission that features the apparent torture and death of women in its programming. He traces the show to its source and discovers a mysterious plot to broadcast a subliminally influential signal into the homes of millions, masterminded by a quasi-religious character named Brian O'Blivion and his overly reverent daughter. Meanwhile Woods is falling under the spell, becoming a victim of video, and losing his grip--both physically and psychologically--on the distinction between reality and television. A potent treatise on the effects of total immersion into our mass-media culture,Videodromeis also (to the delight of Cronenberg's loyal fans) a showcase for obsessions manifested in the tangible world of the flesh. It's a hallucinogenic world in which a television set seems to breathe with a life of its own, and where the body itself can become a VCR repository for disturbing imagery. Featuring bizarre makeup effects by Rick Baker and a daring performance by Deborah Harry (of Blondie fame) as Wood's sadomasochistic girlfriend,Videodromeis pure Cronenberg--unsettling, intelligent, and decidedly not for every taste.--Jeff Shannon
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CastJames Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson
DirectorDavid Cronenberg
Screen WriterDavid Cronenberg
DVD Release Date:  September 8, 1998
Runtime:  87 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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Quick Tip by . February 16, 2013
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I'd like to send a good "thank you" to a certain penpal of mine for bringing this movie to my attention.      Videodrome is a really solid horror film with mind-twisting elements to it.  The idea of a video tape taking over peoples' minds and putting them in a different world is pretty neat by itself, and thankfully, the execution of it was done well, too.  Even though the movie is 30 years-old, the special effects still hold up well, as the gore and …
review by . October 28, 2007
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The idea of people being brainwashed into drones just by watching television is a very serious and scary idea. Mostly because I'm in front of it a lot.    After watching this I thought that this was a very Cronenberg film. The ever-returning theme of humans integrating with machinery is very much presented here by James Woods' character blending in with his hallucinations and becoming the new technology everybody must be afraid of. The gun mutating with his arm is the obvious …
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