The Drudgeon reviews Videodrome

Videodrome 89 min., 1983
Written by David Cronenberg
Directed by David Cronenberg
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★

Techno-horror at its (almost) finest.

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Max Renn (James Woods) works at (is president of) CIVIC-TV and is trying to push the television envelope by finding more bizarre and edgy shows/movies to broadcast. One day Harlan (Peter Dvorsky) shows him a pirated satellite broadcast called Videodrome. Max is completely pulled in and just can’t get enough with all the channel has to offer, which is torture and murder. His “girlfriend” Nicki (Deborah Harry) is also unable to stop watching, and she wants to be the next “contestant” on the show. Max wants to find out more about Videodrome and possibly get it on his own channel, but he’s having some problems and warnings from other people. That’s when things start to get strange.

James Woods is really good as Max. He pulls of the sleazy TV president great, always looking for something to exploit, but he also pulls of the used pawn, and you almost (almost) feel bad for him. Deborah Harry shows that she can actually act (kinda). She’s believable enough, but at the same time she is very stiff. With a little more work she could have actually gone on to a movie carrier. Everyone else is just fine, some being great and others being just blah, but that’s okay because they aren’t the main focus.

The effects are just great, with a few hitches sprinkled throughout. The “mouth” stomach is awesome, making you just want to check your own stomach to make sure you don’t have one yourself (hold on…….okay I’m fine). The “gun-hand” is kinda hokey and doesn’t really fare well by today’s standard, but one glitch amongst the other great ones is forgivable.

I don’t know where the hell David Cronenberg is getting his information, but he really nailed this one on the head. Technology is consistently getting pushed even further and getting more personal with the user. Your cell phones, MP3 players and computers might as well be the giant “mouth” in Max’s stomach, as we aren’t able to go anywhere without them and it’s like the technology is slowly taking over our entire lives (…shivers…).

This is a great movie with pretty darn good effects that (for the most part) stand the test of time well, and acting that hasn’t gone stale. If you’re in a particularly thought provoking mood and also want some good (but strange) gore, this is for you. But if you’re looking for mind numbing crap…stick to TV (this movie has it sooooo right).

A special thanks goes out to Goregirl for the movie.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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2 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Videodrome

  1. John Bruni says:

    James Woods plays sleaze so well because he IS sleaze. Ever hear the story of how, when coked out of his mind, he held a shotgun on then-girlfriend Sean Young and made her strip for him?

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