Sunday, January 10, 2010

In Praise of David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983)

For my tastes Videodrome stands out as one of the more memorable films of 1983 and a personal favorite among the works of David Cronenberg. A further extension of Cronenbergs "body horror" anti-aesthetic narrative, Videodrome melds its transgressive storyline with a suitably manic James Wood performance in concert with then cutting edge special effects from ace Rick Baker.

Curious that Cronenberg includes a character he modeled after fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan. In the world of Videodrome, as in McLuhan's oft quoted line regarding communication theory the medium is the message.

Collected below: a trailer for the film, Cronenberg briefly addressing a 2009 showing and also a deleted scene that may peek too far behind the curtain and explain a little too much of Videodrome's mystique and background.

David Cronenberg Introduces Videodrome
Toronto - 22 October 2009

spoiler alert
deleted scene: image accumulator

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