Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits
This was a pretty cool movie. It’s actually the first Cronenberg film I’ve seen (besides eXistenZ, but we don’t talk about that) and I’m digging what he’s putting down. Did I just mix my slang there? I honestly have no idea what I’m saying half the time.
James Woods is the president of a television studio who intercepts a TV broadcast which is nothing but sadomasochistic torture and rape. He thinks it’s brilliant and demands that he get it for his channel, but while trying to find out who’s responsible for it, he starts experiencing hallucinations. It turns out the show, called Videodrome, is specifically designed to produce these hallucinations, and the people behind it are probably trying to take over the world or something.
There are some pretty good prostheses and effects in this movie, I’m especially a fan of the Betamax tapes of the show which throb whenever Woods sees them. It’s just a cool, weird movie that manages to not let its weirdness overshadow the story they’re telling. I liked it.