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Videodrome

Canada 1983. Dir: David Cronenberg. 87 min. 35mm

OPENING NIGHTTHURSDAY, APRIL 3
REFRESHMENTS
& SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

6:30PM - DOORS
7:30PM - VIDEODROME / INTRODUCED BY ERNEST MATHIJS

NEWLY RESTORED DIRECTOR'S CUT! Long live the new flesh! Long live Cronenberg’s most influential and conceptually ingenious film! James Woods stars as Max Renn, owner of a sleazy Toronto cable-TV channel. Discovering mysterious satellite transmissions of graphic, plotless sexual violence, Max figures it’s the perfect thing to boost his station’s ratings — and soon finds himself enmeshed in a sinister global conspiracy to control minds. Deborah Harry co-stars as a sadomasochistic psychiatrist. Max’s transformation into a flesh-and-blood VCR is one of the quintessential representations of body horror, and of the fusion of man and machine, in Cronenberg. Andy Warhol described Videodrome as “A Clockwork Orange of the ’80s.” Truly visionary!

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Ernest Mathijs is a Professor of Film Studies at UBC whose areas of specialization include cult cinema and horror cinema. He is the author of The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero and the co-author of 100 Cult Films and Cult Cinema.

 

REVIEWS

"Dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing ... Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects."

Variety | full review

"The film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience — a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars."

Chicago Reader | full review