Videodrome Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1867

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 154

Theatrical Release Date: 02/04/1983

Language: English

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Director: David Cronenberg

Actors: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Leslie Carlson, Peter Dvorsky, Julie Khaner

Plot: Max Renn is always looking for ultimate in programming for his lowly cable TV station, but when he stumbles on to Videodrome it takes over his life.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/18/2019

It has more than a fair share of exploitation, but thats the very idea this unnerving techno-reality mystery seeks to explore.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/30/2017

"Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!" David Cronenberg is an unpredictable force that even after watching most of his films, you still don't get use to the usual trademarks. In "Videodrome", he focus on what viewers enjoy the most in entertainment. Sex in romance, violence in horror, and the mystery that drives the plot forward. He sometimes knows us too well, it's scary. Even after it's over the movie leaves you questioning and having this dark impression on you. Everything is f**ked up and you can't help to look on. TV messes up the mind, but movies can make you maniacs.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 09/22/2012

A pot-pourri of interesting ideas and striking imagery that never really satisfyingly explores its concepts. It is strangely compelling viewing though.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/01/2012

More scary psychologically than gore. Max Renn (James Woods) is the head of channel 83. Harlan shows him Videodrome, a plotless television show about murder and torture. Renn discovers from Masha (Lynne Gorman) that everything from the show is real. Nicki Brand (Deborah Harry) wants to audition for the show. Woods was fantastic, effects believable for its time and the real highlight is the screenplay. Memorable lines from: Professor Brian O'Blivion (Jack Creley) - You'll have to learn to live in a very strange new world." Max - "I am the video word made flesh." and Harlan - "And the rest of the world is getting tough." Themes of sex, violence, effects of television, network wars and plot-less shows were well symbolized. Visually and direction were sensational. Waek points in …

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Long live the new flesh!

poonhokong - wrote on 04/04/2011

Videodrome is one of my favourite movie of all time, and the best ever from David Cronenberg, among other classics such as The Fly (1986), Scanners (1981) and The Brood (1979). It is a multi-layered movie that can be enjoyed on your preference.

The president of Channel 83, Max Renn, had captured pirate signal of a underground show called Videodrome, which contains nothing but people getting tortured and murdered. Amused by the show and seeing the business opportunity to broadcast it, he tried to track the programme down, and gradually came to realize that the show creates a brain trumour to the viewers and made to lost in what is reality and hallucinations.

On the outfront it is a mid-night thriller, the one that would be shown as late night programme on TV, when the kids were …

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I Get the Message but It Needed an Extra Punch

Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/07/2008

It’s a shame because this film stared off very well. During its first fifteen minutes, it was able to swiftly and astutely state its hypothesis and relate it to its audiences. Even though it was released in 1983, two subjects that are seemingly disparate–sex and violence–are more relevant today than ever. The picture was able to take those two things and combine them in multiple scenes to show that their effects are not as different as most people think. It makes a commentary regarding how much people can take before they become desensitized or maybe even dehumanized by the media’s images. Although the acting may have been on the weaker side and the special effects are dated, the concept makes up for it. What makes this really flawed is that it wasn’t able to keep the kind of …

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