Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry,Sonja Smits
Director: David Cronenberg
I found this one a bit of a hard watch, and I think that with Cronenberg films, that’s kind of the point. Her certainly does shake you up, shock you and make you think. Though perhaps this isn’t always a good thing.
Known as the “body horror” director, that is, horror movies that involve body gross out type themes, Videodrome tells the story of Max, a slimey cable station operator who starts to grow a vagina in his body that can do things like play audiocassettes after he buys programs for his channel that are ultra violent and sexual.
Like I said, not for everyone, but it does star Deborah Harry.
It’s A Must See Because: The film was quite groundbreaking at the time, and is totally weird. Its all about a guy who is cynical and immoral in the extreme, and who in response to this, grows a vagina like opening… I mean, it’s disgusting and confronting. Max is also confronting and disgusting. But it’s also exploring the way that watching violence and overly sexual images changes us, and probably not in a good way.
Cronenberg is making an interesting point, since censors had often lambasted or chopped up his films before release, is he Max? Are the censors who watch all this stuff before deciding who else can watch it, are they Max? I don’t know. Maybe.
See It If: I can’t really recommend this one as one to watch, because it’s kind of gross, violent and icky. I think it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely an interesting film.