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Videodrome (1983)

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A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.

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Max Renn runs a TV channel, and when looking for new material to show--he discovers "Videodrome." His girlfriend, Nicki Brand, goes to audition for the show, and Max gets drawn into the underlying plot that uses the show as its front for a global conspiracy. Written by Paul Reynolds <pauljr@innotts.co.uk>

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A terrifying new weapon. See more »

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4 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Cuerpos invadidos  »

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$5,952,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One of five Sci-Fi/Horror movies that were heavily promoted by Universal Pictures prior to their impending releases in 1982 and given prospective release dates. The others were: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Thing (1982) (both set release dates for that summer), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) (October), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Videodrome (1983) (December). This ultimately changed when Universal pushed back the film from its original slated release date to February 1983. See more »

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Barry Convex proclaims Lorenzo de Medici as the author of the two famous ocular quotes. The first, "love comes in at the eye", is from a William Butler Yeats poem called "A Drinking Song". The second, "the eye is the window of the soul", is not definitively attributable to any one source. Seemingly similar variations exist in Cicero, European proverbs and the Gospel of Matthew. See more »

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[about violence]
Max Renn: Better on T.V. than on the streets.
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The VIDEODROME title experiences a TV white noise distortion. See more »

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Too bizarre
9 February 2009 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A lot of people seem to like this movie, and I guess an equal lot hate it. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, I'm part of the latter.

The movie, overall, is too surreal and bizarre to pass. Perhaps if you are in a certain state of mind and/or enjoy psychoactive substances, you can enjoy this movie, but otherwise, it will probably just leave you with a sense of "I have no idea what is going on" and "That makes no sense" - even if you keep your wits about you it seems to veer off on tangents and loses cohesion regularly, and from the start.

Maybe for the cult lovers who like spending afternoons at movie houses watching obscure films, it will be interesting (if they manage to make sense of, or rather, are able to absorb the bizarre sequence of events).

Of course it includes all the "obligatory" elements a movie like this is supposed to have to keep the interest of the already more limited crowd this was aimed for, but even those seem forced, and don't seem to be included but for the sheer fact that it's customary. It doesn't add anything to the movie.

All in all, too bizarre and outlandish for its own good.


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