Videodrome (1983 film)

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Scene from Videodrome (1983 film)...


"A shocking new vision. Long live the new flesh!" A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.


  • Release Date: 1983
  • Country/Language: Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Sci-fi (cyberpunk), Fantasy, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: 1980s Toronto Canada
  • Runtime: 1 hr 27 min
  • Starring: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Writer: David Cronenberg
  • Producer/Production Co: Filmplan International, Guardian Trust Company, Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC)
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  • IMDB page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity, Sexual Situations, and violent sexual content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

An art/experimental surreal horror film that has very little directly to do with Lovecraft though sometimes suggested as a "Lovecraftian" film perhaps due to its nightmarish dream-like atmosphere and body-horror imagery; perhaps best compared to the films categorized under their "Eldritch Location" setting. Additionally, the video recordings could perhaps be compared to Lovecraft's sanity-altering tomes of forbidden lore...

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Creator David Cronenberg recalled how, when he was a child, he used to pick up television signals from Buffalo, New York, late at night after Canadian stations had gone off the air, and how he used to worry he might see something disturbing not meant for public consumption. This formed the basis for the plot of Videodrome.

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • tome: videocassettes of the (fictional) Videodrome television show
  • cult: Cathode Ray Mission
  • cult: Videodrome (political movement)
  • corporation: Spectacular Optical
  • setting: Delta Green

Keeper Notes