Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Debbie Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal of snuff films. Layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he attempts to uncover the signal's source.
Max Renn is the president of CIVIC-TV, a Toronto UHF television station specializing in sensationalist programming. Harlan, the operator of CIVIC-TV's unauthorized satellite dish, shows Max Videodrome. Purportedly broadcast from Malaysia, it is a plotless show depicting victims being violently tortured and eventually murdered. Believing this to be the future of television, Max orders Harlan to begin unlicensed use of the show.
|events||delusion influence of mass media pornography reality Sex in film|
|genre||horror science fiction|
|keywords||arms company arms industry betamax brain tumor brainwash cultural decay decadence derelict boat disturb everyday life homeless shelter kill learn malaysia marathon marathon sessions media studies media theorist murder north america obsess pittsburgh port lands radio host radio personality sadomasochism sadomasochistic satellite dish shoot softcore pornographer softcore pornography television show uhf wanted for murder|
|productionCompany||Canadian Film Development Corporation Famous Players Filmplan International Guardian Trust Company|
|theme||body horror science fiction horror snuff|