Friday, August 7, 2009

Rewind: Videodrome Review

If you haven't set your eyes on this classic, you should really see it. This movie could be the basis for term papers on sexuality and hedonism. However, it is not overtly surreal and it is not pornographic in its approach. It's a mind altering formula that can only be matched by stories from drug users. This film is not for everyone, and upon my original review (posted below) I found it quite disturbing.

I recently rewatched it, and still stand by my original review. This is a great film to introduce to fans of horror that say they've seen it all, but obviously missed this one. I liked Blondie in this, making her more than a disco/punk princess, and more of a hot blooded American woman. So today, we're rewinding to a review I posted at the inception of this site, a review of the film Videodrome; an instant classic.

Videodrome is the creepiest, weirdest, and coolest horror film I've ever seen. It features a younger James Woods as a television producer who's looking for the next big thing in "cult" and obscure television. One day he discovers a pirated air signal showing a program called Videodrome, and the fun begins.

At first I was trying to figure it all out, and it looks as though the main character, Max, is trying hard to locate the producers of the program "Videodrome" but along the way the movie has a way of unraveling what is really going on.

Max is dreaming, hallucinating, based on all the things he's viewing. At one point there is a doctor that claims that his hallucinations are due to a brain tumor, meanwhile, he's trying to figure out what is real and what is not real. At one point the main character is whipping a television set, a true metaphor for S&M of sorts, as the woman on the television set pretends to feel the painful strikes of the whip.

The woman, played by Deborah Harry (Blondie) is really good in this film, and surprising how young and pretty she looks, considering her latter work in films like "Spun" doesn't exactly portray her as the beauty she appears to be in this film.

I do not believe that I would have enjoyed this film if I was younger. I remember watching weird stuff like this when I was a teenager and it just didn't stick to me. However, now that I have been a little more traveled and read up, I realize that this film is more than just a horror movie, more than just a weird look into how reality and fantasy become blurs, once dipped in entertainment. This movie is strange, but it's good, and with robotic emphasis on the idea of videodrome as a controlling entity, the film takes a great turn for the better, creating an atmospheric, creepfest that is well worth the price of admission.

This movie is going to suck you in, and never let you go. From the visuals, to the S&M metaphors, and the complete disregard for critical praise, this film is amazing. James Woods is perfect, and the music plays a companion piece fo this amazing movie. It's truly the best creep-out, weird, film I've seen. Check it out, it'll suck you in...literally! Videodrome is a must see, a must buy, a must own!

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  1. the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjayAugust 7, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    sir jorge, with regards to this film we are in total and complete agreement, Videodrome is an astonishing masterwork of the highest calibre, it is easily Cronenbergs best film.

  2. otis rampaging heterosexualityNovember 7, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Howard Shore is the Bernard Herr-girl of the synthesizer, his music for this film is as integral to its brilliance as Cronenbergs images.


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