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Sleazy lowlife cable TV operator Max Renn discovers a snuff broadcast called "Videodrome." But it is more than a TV show--it's an experiment that uses regular TV transmissions to permanently alter the viewer's perceptions by giving them brain damage. Max is caught in the middle of the forces that created "Videodrome" and the forces that want to control it, his body itself turning into the ultimate weapon to fight this global conspiracy.
First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body... Long live the new flesh!
Release Date: February 04, 1983
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With V
MPAA Rating: R
James Woods ...Max Renn
Sonja Smits ...Bianca O'Blivion
Deborah Harry ...Nicki Brand
Peter Dvorsky ...Harlan
Leslie Carlson ...Barry Convex (as Les Carlson)
Jack Creley ...Brian O'Blivion
Lynne Gorman ...Masha
Julie Khaner ...Bridey
Reiner Schwartz ...Moses
David Bolt ...Raphael
Lally Cadeau ...Rena King
Henry Gomez ...Brolley
Harvey Chao ...Japanese Salesman
David Tsubochi ...Japanese Salesman (as David Tsubouchi)
Kay Hawtrey ...Matron
Sam Malkin ...Sidewalk Derelict
Bob Church ...Newscaster
Jayne Eastwood ...Woman Caller
Franciszka Hedland ...Bellydancer
VIdeodrome Horror Film Trailer 1
VIdeodrome Horror Film Trailer 2
More Movie Taglines:
- First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body... Long live the new flesh!
- First it controls your mind...then it destroys your body
- A shocking new vision.
- A vision of enormous physical impact!
- A terrifying new weapon.
- Brian O'Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.
Barry Convex: You'll forgive me if I don't stay around to watch. I just can't cope with the freaky stuff.
Max Renn: I'm looking for something that'll... break through. You know?
Brian O'Blivion: The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye.
Max Renn: I want you to stay away from them. Those mondo-weirdo video guys. You know, in some countries, like Argentina, making subversive video is considered a criminal act. They execute people for it. In Pittsburgh... WHO KNOWS?
- David Tsub˘chi, who appears here briefly as a Japanese porn dealer, later became a Minister in the Ontario provincial government. His appearance in this controversial film as a pornographer was exploited by the opposition.
The chest-slit sequences had James Woods built into a couch with the chest-slit apparatus glued onto him. Woods swore he would never work with anything that had to be glued onto him ever again! During filming the sequences with the flesh-gun (which "fired" bursts of cold, vaporous gas), Woods played a prank on director David Cronenberg by smearing his (real) hand with blue paint and pretending he had frostbite.
During filming of the Cathode Ray mission sequence, the film's gaffer, Jock Brandis, walked in and casually informed the crew that the power lines to the building were smoking because of the load imposed on them by the TV sets.
An epilogue was planned but never filmed. In it, Max Renn, Bianca O'Blivion and Nicki Brand appear on the set of Videodrome. Bianca and Nicki are shown to have chest slits (vaginas) of their own, from which emerge strange mutated sex organs. The scene was scrapped along with many others due to cost overruns, bad timing (Deborah Harry had stomach flu and James Woods was visiting relatives), and the sheer difficulty of executing such a special-effects scene. A number of other ambitious special effects sequences were also dropped.
The majority of the trailer was created with a Commodore 64 computer.
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