• Videodrome (1983)


Release Date: February 4th, 1983

DVD Release Date: September 8th, 1998

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Fall, Daughter, Girlfriend, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    A fascinating rumination on humanity, technology, entertainment, sex, and politics that is virtually incomprehensible on first viewing and needs to be seen several times before one can even begin to unlock its mysteries. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 80
    Scott TobiasThe A.V. Club

    Its dense mysteries remain more tantalizing than distancing: No other director integrates the creepy with the cerebral quite like Cronenberg. (Review of DVD 9/13/04) show more

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The characters are bitter and hateful, the images are nauseating, and the ending is bleak enough that when the screen fades to black it's a relief.. Videodrome, whatever its qualities, has got to be one of the least entertaining films of all time.

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