Best Film Ever – ‘Videodrome’ (1983)
Videodrome is a state of techno angst, sexual titillation and super-cool cinematography.
David Cronenberg, aka ‘The Baron of Blood’ or the ‘King of Venereal Horror’, is the visionary master of the “techno-surrealist” genre. His teched-out horror flicks are a visceral tour-de-force, swelling with spectacles of mayhem, madness, sex, surprise, artistic gusto and visions of the future. One film stands out above them all: Videodrome (1983). It follows a sly media executive named Max (James Woods) who hacks a TV signal with a colleague and happens upon a mysterious show that broadcasts snippets of ultra-violence (torture, sexual fetish and snuff).
This makes him have hallucinations of bodily mutations and freaky deaky phantasmagoric dreams. His love interest — the impossibly sexy she-devil Nicki (Debbie Harry) — has a penchant for lewd vids and likes to act out sadomasochistic rituals that makes Max (and us) drool.
The movie is an exploration of taboo topics and “censorious notions”, and anticipated the technological advancements and “hyper-media” culture of today, notably virtual reality, 3-D, interactive gaming and the web. Videodrome is basically the coolest, edgiest, most forward-thinking film ever!
Max is obsessed with avant-garde programming and kinky content, and is eventually turned into a walking personification of the sexual, violent, media-mad stuff in which he has immersed himself. “Torture, murder, mutilation!” he exclaims. “Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant, and almost no production costs. Where do they get actors who can do this?”
Straddling sci-fi and horror with insanely cool SFX and perfect wardrobe design, Videodrome is a psychological thriller and multifaceted masterpiece. As one critic put it, “Videodrome is visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird…the film’s musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.” We love!
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Images via VIDEODROME + Universal Pictures
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