23 May: Videodrome

7.30pm Wednesday 23 May 2012
Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
£3 on the door

Canada 1983 | 89 minutes

David Cronenberg’s 1983 science fiction body horror movie starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and singer Debbie Harry. Videodrome follows the boss of a sleazy cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations.

“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.”

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“Pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg’s explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession.” ROTTEN TOMATOES

“Cronenberg has always crossed the line between taste and distaste with his combinations of vile glop-horror and social criticism, and this is no exception.” TIME OUT

“Simultaneously sleazy and cerebral, it’s a film whose surrealist setpieces burn a brand on the brain.” SFX

“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.” CHICAGO READER