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When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.


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Max Renn
Bianca O'Blivion
Nicki Brand (as Deborah Harry)
Barry Convex (as Les Carlson)
Brian O'Blivion
Reiner Schwarz ...
David Bolt ...
Lally Cadeau ...
Rena King
Henry Gomez ...
Harvey Chao ...
Japanese Salesman
David Tsubouchi ...
Japanese Salesman
Sam Malkin ...
Sidewalk Derelict
Bob Church ...
Woman Caller
Franciszka Hedland ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Renn (Helmet Scenes) (uncredited)

Directed by

David Cronenberg

Written by

David Cronenberg ... (written by)

Produced by

Pierre David ... executive producer
Claude Héroux ... producer
Larry Nesis ... associate producer (as Lawrence Nesis)
Victor Solnicki ... executive producer

Music by

Howard Shore

Cinematography by

Mark Irwin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ronald Sanders

Editorial Department

Elaine Foreman ... assistant editor
Carol McBride ... assistant editor
Michael Rea ... assistant editor
Christopher Severn ... color timer
Bill Wiggins ... post-production coordinator

Art Direction by

Carol Spier

Set Decoration by

Angelo Stea

Costume Design by

Delphine White

Makeup Department

Rick Baker ... special makeup effects designer
Thomas Booth ... hair stylist (as Thomas L. Booth)
Shonagh Jabour ... makeup artist
Steve Johnson ... special makeup effects artist
Michael Kavanagh ... makeup effects assistant
Inge Klaudi ... makeup assistant
Maureen Mestan ... assistant hair stylist
Mark Molin ... makeup effects assistant
Constant Natale ... hair stylist
Bill Sturgeon ... special makeup effects artist
Kevin Brennan ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Hester ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Shawn McEnroe ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Shostrom ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Kevin Sturgeon ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Janet E. Cuddy ... assistant production manager (as Janet Cuddy)
Gwen Iveson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

John Board ... first assistant director
Libby Bowden ... assistant director
Rocco Gismondi ... assistant director

Art Department

Jon Bankson ... carpenter
John Bentley ... carpenter
Enrico Campana ... set dresser
Kirk Cheney ... carpenter
Elaine Cohen ... painter
Janet Cormack ... painter
Tom Coulter ... assistant art director
Joe Curtin ... assistant head carpenter
Barbara Dunphy ... assistant art director
Bill Gibson ... painter
Ed Hanna ... set dresser
Bill Harman ... construction manager
Simon Harwood ... painter
Gary Jack ... set dresser
Nick Kosonic ... scenic artist
Peter Lauterman ... property master
Harry Pavelson ... painter
Thomas Pearce ... carpenter
Robert Pearson ... carpenter
Greg Pelchat ... assistant propman
Reet Puhm ... painter
Alex Russell ... head carpenter (as Alexander Russell)
Alan Sharpe ... carpenter
Bob Sher ... carpenter (as Robert Sher)
Gareth Wilson ... set dresser

Sound Department

Charles Bowers ... dialogue editor
Peter Burgess ... supervising sound editor
Terry Burke ... foley artist
Elius Caruso ... sound re-recordist
Michele Cook ... assistant sound editor
Paul Coombe ... sound re-recordist
Gary Daprato ... assistant sound editor
Bryan Day ... location sound recordist
Mike Hoogenboom ... sound re-recordist (as Michael Hoogenboom)
Michael LaCroix ... boom operator
Beverley Neale ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

James Stuart Allan ... carpenter: special effects
Frank C. Carere ... special effects (as Frank Carere)
Robert Rouveroy ... special effects: video effects creator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Michael Lennick ... special video effects
Robbie Meckler ... assistant video effects (as Robert Meckler)
Lee Wilson ... assistant video effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Scotty Allan ... best boy (as Douglas 'Scotty' Allan)
Jock Brandis ... gaffer
James Crowe ... assistant camera
Brian Danniels ... grip
Christopher Dean ... grip
David Hynes ... assistant key grip
Maris H. Jansons ... key grip (as Marris Jansons)
Robin Miller ... assistant camera
Donna Mobbs ... camera trainee
Gary Phipps ... electrician
Rick Porter ... still photographer

Casting Department

Peter Lavender ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Denise Cronenberg ... wardrobe trainee (as Denise Woodley)
Maureen Gurney ... wardrobe assistant
Eileen Kennedy ... assistant costume designer
Kat Moyer ... wardrobe assistant
Mary Partridge-Raynor ... wardrobe assistant
Arthur Rowsell ... wardrobe master
Kathy Vieira ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

David Coatsworth ... location manager

Music Department

Michael Jay ... music mix engineer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Donato Baldassarra ... transport coordinator
David Chudnovsky ... driver (as David Chud)
A. Randy Jones ... driver captain (as Randy Jones)
Allen Kosonic ... driver
Jerome McCann ... driver
John Vander Pas ... driver
Jeff Steinberg ... driver
Alan Zweig ... driver

Other crew

Rachelle Charron ... assistant accountant
Pierre David ... presenter
Denise Di Novi ... creative consultant
Kirsteen Etherington ... choreographer
Maureen Fitzgerald ... bookkeeper
Bonnie Gold ... receptionist
Angela Gruenthal ... production secretary
Roger Héroux ... production coordinator
Lacia Kornylo ... production accountant
Monique Légaré ... secretary: Mr. Héroux
Gilles Léonard ... assistant comptroller (as Gilles Leonard)
Serge Major ... comptroller
Monik Nantel ... assistant to executive producer
Gillian Richardson ... script supervisor
Howard Rothschild ... production assistant
Ellen Rozen ... assistant: Mr. Solnicki
Victor Solnicki ... presenter
Richard Spiegelman ... production assistant
Jill Spitz ... unit publicist
Lydia Wazana ... craft service
Richard Zywotkiewicz ... personal assistant: Mr. Cronenberg


Tom Coppola ... special thanks: for music
Paul Freedman ... special thanks: for music
Cheryl Hardwick ... special thanks: for music
Peter Hedeman ... special thanks: for music
Michael Jay ... special thanks: for music
Rosemary D. Merriam ... special thanks: for music
Maury Rosenfeld ... special thanks: for music
Michael Werner ... special thanks: for music
Marty Zofcin ... special thanks: for music
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his programming of largely X-rated shows - which depict graphic sex and extreme violence - as a pure matter of economic survival as a small station. Behind closed doors in specific company, he would admit that he enjoys such programming, but as President will stay away from associated activities that may be dangerous for him in its purchase. His current girlfriend, radio personality Nicki Brand, who he met on a television talk show, is sexually aroused by light mutilation on her person, that despite or because her radio show is like an open air crisis hotline. On that same talk show, the other guest via video feed was Professor Brian O'Blivion - solely his stage name - who believes that television and video broadcasts will one day overtake the world as reality, which may make Max's programming in combination more dangerous. In Max's search for the next big thing in like programming already on Channel 83, Harlan, his pirater who scans satellite signals, illegally obtains a satellite feed of something called Videodrome, which depicts continual sexualized torture and murder with no storyline of which to speak. The background behind Videodrome is unknown, but believing it is that big thing for which he is looking, Max is determined to find the producers so that he can purchase it for his station. He is concerned for Nicki if she goes ahead against his warnings in wanting to appear on Videodrome, however it does not lessen his desire to purchase it. If Max in turn does not heed the warning of Masha, one of his long time show suppliers, based on what little she discovers about it, Max may discover that Videodrome is just the next but destructive step in O'Blivion's prognostication. Written by Huggo

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Taglines From David Cronenberg, Creator of 'Scanners'. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Vidéodrome (Canada, French title)
  • Zonekiller (Canada, English title)
  • Network of Blood (Canada, English title)
  • Vidéodrome (France)
  • Videodromas (Lithuania)
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  • 87 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,952,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia David Tsubouchi, who appears here briefly as a Japanese porn dealer, later became a Minister in the Ontario provincial government. His appearance in this controversial film as a pornographer was exploited by the opposition. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Phoenix Portal (2005). See more »
Crazy Credits The VIDEODROME title experiences a TV white noise distortion. See more »
Quotes Brian O'Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.
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