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  • Videodrome (1983)

    7.07/10

    R | 1h 27min | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery

    Published Sat., January 06, 2018

  • Videodrome (1983) Release Dates

  • In Theaters: March 04, 2016
  • DVD: May 01, 2016

Videodrome (1983) Plot & Synopsis

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Starring David Cronenberg, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Kay Hawtrey, Leslie Carlson

Directed by David Cronenberg

Synopsis: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.

Tagline: First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body… Long live the new flesh!

Synopsis: Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his programming of largely X-rated shows - which depict graphic sex and extreme violence - as a pure matter of economic survival as a small station. Behind closed doors in specific company, he would admit that he enjoys such programming, but as President will stay away from associated activities that may be dangerous for him in its purchase. His current girlfriend, radio personality Nicki Brand, who he met on a television talk show, is sexually aroused by light mutilation on her person, that despite or because her radio show is like an open air crisis hotline. On that same talk show, the other guest via video feed was Professor Brian O'Blivion - solely his stage name - who believes that television and video broadcasts will one day overtake the world as reality, which may make Max's programming in combination more dangerous. In Max's search for the next big thing in like programming already on Channel 83, Harlan, his pirater who scans satellite signals, illegally obtains a satellite feed of something called Videodrome, which depicts continual sexualized torture and murder with no storyline of which to speak. The background behind Videodrome is unknown, but believing it is that big thing for which he is looking, Max is determined to find the producers so that he can purchase it for his station. He is concerned for Nicki if she goes ahead against his warnings in wanting to appear on Videodrome, however it does not lessen his desire to purchase it. If Max in turn does not heed the warning of Masha, one of his long time show suppliers, based on what little she discovers about it, Max may discover that Videodrome is just the next but destructive step in O'Blivion's prognostication.

Tagline: From David Cronenberg, Creator of 'Scanners'.

Storyline: When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

  • Videodrome (1983) Movie Details

  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: David Cronenberg, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Kay Hawtrey, Leslie Carlson, Jayne Eastwood, Sam Malkin, David Bolt, Debbie Harry, Harvey Chao, David Tsubouchi, Bob Church, Franciszka Hedland, Sonja Smits, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, Lally Cadeau, Henry Gomez
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • Producers: Pierre David, Claude Héroux, Larry Nesis, Victor Solnicki
  • Musicians: Howard Shore
  • Cinematographers: Mark Irwin
  • Editors: Ronald Sanders
  • Runtime: 87 min / 1h 27min
  • Year: 1983
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Oscars: 0
  • Awards: 3
  • Nominations: 7
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