Videodrome

Well, it’s been a while, but I’m finally back with a new review. The reason that it took a while was that I was having trouble finding an interesting film that wasn’t reviewed already on Bloody-Disgusting. But as you can see I succeeded eventually and I present you David Cronenberg’s masterpiece and greatest film to date: Videodrome.

Ok, what’s it about. Well, let me start by saying that Videodrome has a very complicated storyline. Therefore I won’t try to retell the entire story, but I’ll just give you the general idea.

The film’s main character is Max Renn, he works at a tv-station called Civic Tv. Civic Tv offers it’s viewers everything from softcore porn to hardcore violence and it is Max his job to find new shows for the network.

A friend of Max, who operates as a tv-pirate, helps Max out by showing him this show he tracked down called Videodrome. Videodrome is nothing else than murder and torture all the time and so of course Max is interested in the show.

Max then goes on a hunt to find the producers of the show, because he wants to buy it as a new show for Civic Tv. In his hunt however, he soon finds out that Videodrome is much more than just an extremely violent television show and that entire North America is in great danger.

There, that should get you interested. Now that you know the basic idea behind the storyline, let’s take a look at the film.

As you might have guessed, Videodrome is all about the storyline. This means that you shouldn’t expect a film that offers you lots of action, violence and naked women (to name a few things), but instead you get a decent, intelligent and above all original film that makes you pay attention.

Well that’s nice, but who’s in it? Well, Videodrome certainly offers some nice actors, although most of them are pretty unknown. Except for two of them, namely James Woods, who doesn’t need an introduction and Deborah Harry, who we of course know as the face of Blondie, the world famous pop formation that made fame in the seventies and eighties. In fact, it was this film that made me fall in love with Deborah Harry and her music as well.

But that’s not all, because next to some very nice actors, the film also offers a very nice soundtrack, composed by Howard Shore, who also did some of the music for The Lord of the Rings, if I’m not mistaking… or am I? Well anyhow, what I mean to say is that the music in Videodrome is pretty good and also – in my opinion even more important – very atmospheric. Alright, it might not stay in your head like the Halloween tune does, but it’s atmospheric nevertheless and certainly sounds very professional.

But it’s not only the music that’s atmospheric in this film. No, the entire film scores on that point. David Cronenberg and the crew really did a fine job in putting down the cold and heartless atmosphere of the big city, but I know that that’s one of those things you just have to see to understand.

What’s left for me to say is that this is a film that you shouldn’t expect to understand the first time you see it, because it is quite confusing. If you don’t like those sort of films, Videodrome just ain’t a film for you, but if you’re up for it, Videodrome will give you quite a hallucinating ride and an ending that won’t make things much clearer for you. Definitely food for those of you that are looking for something different.

Official Score