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VIDEODROME

Canada, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: David Cronenberg

A densely-plotted, witty, fatalistic horror-cum-morality tale with truly gruesome special effects. A cable TV director becomes fascinated with the hard core sex-and-torture programmes on Videodrome, an illegal video channel.

His enquiries into the phantom broadcasts implicate him in a frightening new research conspiracy. "The mind of America"—the interactive space between screen and viewer, longtime hunting ground of sociological and political theorists—is about to undergo rapid evolutionary change with both psychological and physical manifestation. Who is controlling it? "Videodrome"has an underlying credibility which is frightening, but a strong stomach is an essential prerequisite for anyone engaging with the film's sophisticated wit."Stereo" (1969), "Crimes of the Future" (1970), "Shivers" (1974), "Rabid" "The Brood" (1979), "Scanners" (1981).

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