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Plot, Details & Awards

Videodrome

(1983)
R In Theaters 02/4/1983 , 88min.
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Plot & Details

Hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg's explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession. The morally questionable hero of the tale is one Max Renn (James Woods), a television executive searching for an intense new program for his sex-oriented network. He ultimately discovers an underground program called "Videodrome," which appears to broadcast pornographic snuff films of actual murders. Horrified but perversely intrigued, Renn sets out to find the truth behind the program. During his search, he meets alluring femme fatale Nicki (Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry), technology cult leader Bianca O'Blivion, and other mysterious figures. Things become even more disturbing for Renn as his addiction grows, and the program begins to infect the outside world -- or perhaps merely destroy own his sanity. Cronenberg mingles his cerebral concerns about the nature of reality in the video age with enough visceral gore (courtesy of Rick Baker) to satisfy the film's intended horror audience.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Genie Awards Best Editing Ronald Sanders Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Les Carlson Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Screenplay David Cronenberg Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actress Sonja Smits Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Carol Spier Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Peter Dvorsky Nominated
1984 Genie Awards Best Director David Cronenberg Won
1984 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Mark Irwin Nominated

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated
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