Videodrome (1983) James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Peter Dvorsky Movie Review

Videodrome (1983)   3/53/53/53/53/5

James Woods in Videodrome (1983)

Video Killed in a Bizarre Way

TV programmer Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for something with an edge for his already edgy soft porn station which is how he came across a satellite station called "Videodrome" which appears to show both real sex and violence. It is not just Max who is intrigued by "Videodrome" as his kinky girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) decides to go for a job at the station. But as Max becomes more and more interested in "Videodrome" he finds that not only is he becoming addicted to the sex and violence but the boundaries between TV and reality become blurred as he plagued by head aches and visions.

I have learned many things from being a movie lover; you need to hit 88 miles per hour in a DeLorean to time travel and never feed a Gremlin after midnight. More seriously I have learned that some directors can be hit and miss with one movie being fantastic and then the next too weird for your liking. David Cronenberg is one of those directors because in one movie he can draw you in with this fantastic mix of visual and social commentary and then in the next movie he can lose you with the weirdness which must fill up his mind.

So that brings me to "Videodrome" which firstly is a visual spectacular full of creative ideas from gaping wholes forming in Max's stomach to something more simple as a red room where he whips a TV. And secondly the storyline certainly has a lot of creativity with nothing as it seems as it evolves and becomes something very different. But for me "Videodrome" became too bizarre and crossed over the boundary of what I could watch to something which was purely all visual impact.

What this all boils down to is that "Videodrome" is one of David Cronenberg's movies which whilst entertaining because it is so bizarre ends up too bizarre for me and stops being a movie with a story and a journey into Cronenberg's mind.