Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Videodrome (1983)

“The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.”
Videodrome's working title was Network of Blood, a B-movie title if ever there was one. Writer/director David Cronenberg’s first two features; Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977) owe much to the exploitation genre, but had a socio-political savvy and philosophical streak coursing through their cinematic veins. Videodrome (1982) is deeply entrenched in the social discourse of modern consumerism; it even pre-dates cyber-space and reality television, pushing the sex and violence envelope into the deadly realm of “snuffTV”, where the ante has been inexorably raised. More ...
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