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Videodrome (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  4 February 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Smits ...
Nicki Brand (as Deborah Harry)
Peter Dvorsky ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Barry Convex (as Les Carlson)
Jack Creley ...
Lynne Gorman ...
Reiner Schwarz ...
David Bolt ...
Lally Cadeau ...
Henry Gomez ...
Harvey Chao ...
David Tsubouchi ...
Kay Hawtrey ...


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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Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos invadidos  »

Box Office


$5,952,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Andy Warhol called the movie "A Clockwork Orange (1971) of the 1980s". See more »


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 »


Max Renn: I want you to stay away from it! Those mondo weirdo video guys, they've got unsavory connections, they play rough. Rougher than even Nicki Brand wants to play... You know, in Brazil, Central America, those kinds of places, making underground videos is considered a subversive act. They execute people for it. In Pittsburgh, who knows?
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The VIDEODROME title experiences a TV white noise distortion. See more »

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A highly creepy and original movie
5 September 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

James Woods plays a scuzzy, low-life TV producer (the kind of character he plays exceptionally well and that you've come to love from prior performances in films like 'Salvador') who gets hooked on watching a pirate snuff film channel, but soon he discovers everything is not as it seems to be and that the transmission wasn't broadcast at all but actually a tape which brainwashes him into acts of self mutilation on his body, soon he is finds that he can hardly even control himself or his body.

A great first half with terrific performances from the three leads, steps up a gear or two in the second half. A highly creepy and original movie that just gets weirder and weirder! Highly recommended. Peter.

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