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Long Live the New Flesh! Videodrome Screening at Webster University April 11th – ‘Grave Tales’

“The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye.”

The ‘Grave Tales’ Horror film series continues at Webster University Thursday April 11th with a screening of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. The screening will be at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:00 and a Facebook invite for the event can be found Here.

Have you ever woken up in front of the TV and found yourself watching some really bizzare show? Take that premise a few steps further and you end up in David Cronenberg’s 1983 shocker Videodrome. A strong statement about the influence of mass media on human conscience, Videodrome is one of the weirdest films ever made, even by Cronenberg standards. And although its outdated gore effects may seem a bit cheesy today, the underlying message Cronenberg wanted to convey through its over-the-top depiction of violence and gore hasn’t aged one bit.
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Mary Kills People Season 2 Episode 2 Review: The Connection

Everyone gets their hands dirty (or dirtier) on Mary Kills People Season 2 Episode 2 and it's a helluva wild ride.

No other show would even attempt to cram the Big Bad shooting a henchman in the head, the ex-partner setting up a new business venture, the Big Secret leaking (again), two clients crossing over, the undercover cop from last season reappearing, And the teen finding a new love interest all into one episode.

And yet, Mary Kills People manages to take all that crazy hot mess and produce beautifully poignant moments of thoughtful humanity.

Heather: The way I see it, you have a choice. You can believe in nothing or you can believe in something. And I choose something. What about you?

Jess: I was raised by atheists. I'm a godless child.

Permalink: I was raised by atheists. I'm a godless child. Added: March 17, 2018

Even Jess didn't annoy me so much this time around.
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Kino Lorber to Release The Pit (1981) on Blu-ray & DVD

Fans of the 1981 horror film The Pit should be pleased to know that Kino Lorber has announced an upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the cult movie.

Starring Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits, Laura Hollingsworth and Richard Alden, The Pit (1981) will come out on Blu-ray and DVD with a new HD master, according to Kino Lorber’s Facebook page.

The cover art, special features, and release date for The Pit Blu-ray and DVD have yet to be revealed, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future announcements.

The Pit was directed by Lew Lehman from Ian A. Stuart’s screenplay. For those unfamiliar with the film, we have its official synopsis (via

“A solitary and strange boy wreaks revenge on the people who harasses him when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.”

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Long Live the New Flesh! Videodrome Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah!

“The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye.”

Videodrome Screens Midnights this weekend (March 11th and 12th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.

Have you ever woken up in front of the TV and found yourself watching some really bizzare show? Take that premise a few steps further and you end up in David Cronenberg’s 1983 shocker Videodrome. A strong statement about the influence of mass media on human conscience, Videodrome is one of the weirdest films ever made, even by Cronenberg standards. And although its outdated gore effects may seem a bit cheesy today, the underlying message Cronenberg wanted to convey through its over-the-top depiction of violence and gore hasn’t aged one bit.

The film tells the story of Max Renn; the CEO of a small television station who,
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Actor Woods Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Targets Twitter Users: Slander Case or Attack on Freedom of Speech Online?

James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the potentially dangerous precedent of a $10 million lawsuit the 68-year-old entertainer filed against a Twitter user last July. The lawsuit was followed by a subpoena demanding that the social media giant reveal the user's identity and that of another user with whom Woods has been embroiled in the (generally) no-holds-barred Twitterverse. In case you're unfamiliar with the name, these days the two-time Oscar-nominated Woods is best known for a supporting role as a right-wing sociopath in Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as a liberal-minded U.S. president despised by Woods' character), and for his relentless,
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‘Videodrome’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau | Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Out of all the David Cronenberg films I’ve seen, Videodrome always sticks with me as my favourite and some of his best work, if not The best. Having not seen it in a few years, Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray release was the perfect chance to catch up with the movie and see if my memories of it were purely nostalgia. Thankfully, they were not.

Max Renn (James Woods) is a sleazy cable-tv programmer looking for more extreme ways to entertain his viewers. When he discovers “Videodrome” it appears to be exactly what he was looking for. When he starts hallucinating though, he suddenly finds reality becoming warped to the point where he is not sure what is real, or what is Videodrome.
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Blu-ray Review – Videodrome (1983)

Videodrome, 1983.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Les Carlson, Peter Dvorsky and Jack Creley.


A cable TV channel owner wants to broadcast ‘Videodrome’, the most extreme programme on the network, but discovers that the show is front for a sinister global conspiracy.

Videodrome was the right film at the right time for director David Cronenberg (The Brood/Rabid). Cronenberg’s previous two movies – 1979’s The Brood and 1981’s Scanners – had seen the director rise above the grimy aesthetic of his early works and the quality of his productions get smoother but still retain his core themes of body horror, mutation and disease, and with the burgeoning home video market bringing all sorts of fears about moral corruption into the media headlines, Cronenberg was at the right place in his career to make a statement in his own unique way.

Max Renn (James WoodsOnce Upon A Time in America
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The Pit (1981) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

The Pit (1981)

Written by: Ian A. Stuart

Directed by: Lew Lehman

Cast: Sammy Snyders (Jamie), Jeannie Elias (Sandy O’Reilly), Sonja Smits (Mrs. Lynde), Laura Hollingsworth (Marg Livingstone), Laura Press (Mrs. Benjamin), Paul Grisham (Freddy), Wendy Schmidt (Christina), Andrea Swartz (Abergail), Richard Alden (Mr. Benjamin), Patrick Patterson (Butcher), Harris Kal (Trog), Alison McCuaig (Trog), Paul Martin (Trog), Tom Martin (Trog)

Every now and then, you may watch a film, old or new that rests magnificently on its own plane of unintentional weirdness. I think that adequately describes “The Pit” from 1981. It’s an evil muppet movie with the muppets being voracious carnivores, and the kid that interacts with them being a complete and total weirdo pervy creep. That being said, it’s one of the best films I’ve seen lately that flew a stealth mission through my horror radar as a kid. I
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Videodrome Remake Moves Forward with Director Adam Berg

Videodrome Remake Moves Forward with Director Adam Berg
Universal Pictures is moving forward on its languishing remake of David Cronenberg's Videodrome, hiring commercial director Adam Berg for his feature directorial debut.

We first reported on this remake back in April 2009, when Universal brought on Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) to write the screenplay. The original starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83. He injects new life into the network by airing a program dubbed Videodrome, which depicts gruesome murders and other violent acts that have a unique effect on viewers. Our initial report revealed that they plan to include nano-technology and make this a massive action sci-fi thriller.

Daniel Bobker will produce alongside Ehren Kruger, with Ren&#233 Malo serving as executive producer. Adam Berg has won numerous awards for his commercials and short films, such as the Film Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Videodrome was released February 4th,
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Adam Berg to Direct Videodrome Remake

Apparently Universal has been developing a remake of David Cronenberg’s 1983 conspiracy thriller “Videodrome” for a while now, with “Transformers” writer Ehren Kruger adapting and producing. Well of course they are. These days, the surprise isn’t that a studio is remaking a cult favorite, it’s when they’re not. Obviously, as a result, I haven’t been surprised very often these days, which is a crying shame, but what’re you gonna do, right? Back to our news: Universal has now set commercial director Adam Berg to helm the movie as his feature film debut. The original starred James Woods (along with Sonja Smits and singer Deborah Harry) as the head of a cable station in Canada who stumbles across a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Our hero thinks it’s all fake, but eventually learns the truth and finds himself in the middle of a
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: December 7th - Whale Watching With the Cronos Videodrome

It is a very light week for horror DVDs with a few re-releases on Blu-ray of newer classics, starting with the "New Flesh" that is Videodrome as well as Guillermo del Toro's Cronos.

Other releases this week that are worthy of any mention include a blood-soaked whale-watching trip, an entomologist who started a human collection instead, and a television mini-series about exorcism.

Videodrome (Criterion Collection) (1983)

Directed by David Cronenberg

Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson

When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he unearths the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Renn's ordinary life dissolves around him, and he finds himself at the center of
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Cronenberg Plugs Back Into "Videodrome"

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The start of year-long programming @ Toronto's Tiff Bell Lightbox, will include a live appearance from Toronto-based director David Cronenberg, Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 9:15pm and Friday, September 24, 2010 at 9:30pm, introducing a special screening of his 1983, science fiction thriller "Videodrome".

"Videodrome", written/directed by Cronenberg, was loosely-inspired by Moses Znaimer's 1970's soft-core 'Baby Blue' porno programming @ Toronto's City-tv (before Znaimer declared himself a genius, programming music videos supplied free of charge by MTV).

The Toronto-lensed "Videodrome", starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and singer Deborah Harry, followed the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal that causes brain damaging hallucinations. As 'Max' gets closer to discovering the origins of the signal, he gets sucked into a world of sadomasochistic sex, left-wing conspiracies and physical transformations.

"...'Max Renn' (Woods) is the president of Civic-tv, a sleazy Toronto Uhf television station specializing in exploitation programming. Displeased with
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Toronto Premiere of That Face Opens Thursday Night, 10/29

A dazzling debut by UK dramatist, Polly Stenham that recently took London’s

West End by storm, That Face is an explosive portrayal of an affluent family in freefall written in 2007 when Ms. Stenham was 19 years old.

The youngest playwright to ever be produced by The Royal Court Theatre, Ms. Stenham

leads the pack of new contemporary voices in British drama today.This world premiere stars Sonja Smits as Martha, best known for her multi-award-winning characters on “The Eleventh Hour”, “Traders” and “Street Legal”.

Nightwood Artistic Director and That Face director Kelly Thornton remarks, “I am thrilled to be tackling this complex and muscular drama. Stenham’s voice is raw and uncensored and for such a young writer her acute dissection of emotional neglect is arresting.”

Ms. Stenham delves into family dysfunction like a seasoned analyst with decades of experience. Her searing portrait of an upper class family exposes an
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