A landmark film of the commercial/independent movement of the 1980’s, David Cronenberg’s story of violence and television still rings true today. Max Renn (James Woods) is a cable station operator who begins to see his life spin out of control when his abdomen suddenly grows a vagina-like opening into which, among other objects, audiocassettes can be inserted. The film, in which sado-masochistic fantasies play key roles, is truly a surreal experience. If you are familiar with most of Cronenberg’s work, then you may have an idea of what you’re in for. “Videodrome” can drive one to the brink of insanity, but you won’t complain, because it’s a uniquely rewarding experience at the same time. It’s one of the most unusual Hollywood movies ever made, too shocking and too good to be called anything but a failure. Of course it won’t be everyone’s cup of coffee, but I feel it’s my duty to highly recommend it and think you should watch it with an open mind, because it’s visually rich and thought provoking, making it one of the most important movies of its era.
Fun fact: Andy Warhol called the movie the “A Clockwork Orange of the 1980s”.