Videodrome (1983)


Videodrome Quote: “Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!” – Max Renn

The story behind this week’s commissioned film review could be a movie of its own: The loving wife of a northern England postman secretly saves the money to hire three misfit Americans to surprise him with a podcast about one of his favorite flicks. But what she doesn’t tell them is watching “Videodrome” will cause unexpected changes in their minds and bodies!

Dick Ebert immediately begins have strange nightmares. Roger Roeper begins seeing political conspiracies. And Gene Lyons feels the sudden need for sadomasochistic context to achieve an erection.

What else would you expect from a David Cronenberg cult classic starring a young James Woods and a surprisingly gripping performance from Blondie vocalist Deborah Harry.

Big thanks to Shat The Movies listeners Jo and Jim for choosing a movie we had never seen and certainly won’t be able to forget.

Plot Summary: “Videodrome” As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn (James Woods) is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon “Videodrome,” a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

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