Synopsis: Max Renn runs a TV channel, and when looking for new material to show--he discovers "Videodrome." His girlfriend, Nicki Brand, goes to audition for the show, and Max gets drawn into the underlying plot that uses the show as its front for a global conspiracy.
Director(s): David Cronenberg
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

and, uh - and we do that.

But don't you feel

such shows contribute...

to a social climate of violence

and sexual malaise?

- And do you care?

- Certainly, I care.

I care enough, in fact,

to give my viewers a -

a harmless outlet for their fantasies

and their frustrations.

As far as I'm concerned,

that's a socially positive act.

What about it, Nicki?

Is it socially positive?

Well, I think we live

in overstimulated times.

We crave stimulation

for its own sake.

We gorge ourselves on it.

We always want more, whether

it's tactile, emotional or sexual...

and I think that's bad.

Then why did you wear that dress?

- Sorry?

- That dress.

It's very stimulating, and-and it's red.

You know what Freud would

have said about that dress.

And he would've been right.

I admit it.

I live in a highly excited

state of overstimulation.

Listen, I'd really like to take you

out to dinner tonight.

- Professor O'Blivion.

- What do you think?

Do you think erotic TV shows

and violent TV shows...

lead to desensitization...

to dehumanization?

The television screen has become

the retina of the mind's eye.


That's why I refuse

to appear on television...

except on television.

Of course, O'Blivion is not

the name I was born with.

That's my television name.

Soon all of us

will have special names...

names designed to cause

the cathode ray tube to resonate.

- Yes.

- Yes, I am. Very interested.

Nicki, is Max Renn

a menace to society?

I'm not sure.

He's certainly a menace to me.

When does the plot,

uh, start to unravel here?

I mean, who is this black guy?

Is he a political prisoner?

There's no plot.

It just goes on like that for an hour.

- Goes on like what?

- Like that.

Torture, murder...


- We never leave that room?

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, actor and author. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or visceral horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. His films have won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Crash (1996). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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