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Videodrome

horror, thrillers


Rock legend Deborah Harry and James Woods star in David Cronenberg's sci-fi nightmare about a world where a television show seduces and controls its viewers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    81%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    80%
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  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten:

- Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Never coherent and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience -- a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

One of the craziest and creepiest mindfuck type of movies I've ever seen. This is a really interesting and original idea. I liked it, but jeepers is this movie creepy and disturbing. I'm definitely gonna have some more interesting than normal dreams now, and that's saying something. The plot follows a TV executive who is all about ratings and sensationalism. He hits the jackpot when he comes across a video feed that appears to be broadcasting pornographic snuff films of actual murders. He's both horrified and hooked, and things really get intense when it seems like the feed is beginning to alter his reality and sanity. YEah, it sounds totally off the wall, but that's because it is. It's Cronenberg though, so ithat explains a lot. It's got his trademark blending of man and technology, shocking visuals and effects, a warped sense of humor and life, and is really quite an experience to go through. It's also a rather sharp commentary on society, too, and it's handled with lots of intelligence and care, and I couldn't be happier about that. You should really see this movie. It's not for all tastes, but for people who want something surreal, cerebral, and horrific, then this is the film for you.

- cosmo313, Friday, December 7, 2012

5 stars

"Videodrome" is undeniably original and it boasts from extremely impressive visuals for it's time, but it sometimes goes way over the top and becomes almost too disgusting to watch, which is not necessarily a bad thing, seeing that the visuals are brilliantly done. Max Renn (James Woods) discovers a new show called Videodrome, which has been found to create hallucinations in peoples minds, eventually leading to death. The hallucinations that Max succumbs to are very very interesting for the first few times, but it becomes so disgusting that you almost turn your head and laugh at the writers. Still, overall, this film is extreme on all levels, with great witty writing, fantastic visuals for it's time, a very good cast, and a story worth telling. "Videodrome" is fantastic!

- fb733768972, Saturday, October 19, 2013

4 stars

Cronenberg is for sure one of my favorite directors for his use of the surreal, his intense visual choices, and the underlying layers he uses to illustrate important points in the story. Videodrome has been described as techno-surrealism, but today it's more nostalgic about the world of pirate tapes and feeds, than anything. Its staying power comes from its intense, nearly prescient choices which have become partially true. The film focuses on the inane theory that we are what we watch, which is explored in the most macabre, sexually explicit, violent way possible. James Woods is the seminal sleazy executive, in a future not too far off, where his demeanor is socially accepted though understandably crude. He in turn is joined by Debbie Harry who is as insatiable as he, while retaining her own deluded grandeur. It isn't clear whether her views are challenged in this world or she is a product of the same programming that Woods' character is selling to the masses. In turn Videodrome, a pirated feed that he tries to use for his television station, is a complex and intricately layered concept that is certainly used to its full extent for the purpose of the plot. The entire film is grotesque from start to finish, beginning with slick images and ending with a political and social message that carries with it some pretension. The entire film is a bit heavyhanded, but with its surrealist quality and ability to shift attention with inventive visual choices it wins me over. The visuals include making a large abdominal wound, and the television into its own alive entity. I found the flow of the plot to be a bit confusing in places, as every Cronenberg is full of intrigue and mysterious circumstances, but the feel of it, the odd logic and the even stranger visuals, make it quite entertaining. Either way you will be entertained by the amazing choices and past techno effects of the director, who is for sure the most innovative voice in cinema of the past thirty years.

- FrizzDrop, Thursday, July 19, 2012