VideoDrome (1983)

enjoyableyes
spookyno
scaryno
unsettlingyes
goreno
body horroryes
violence toward animalsno
Bechdel-Wallace testfailed
Mako Moripassed
X was the real YIt turns out that hyper-reality is the real reality.

I've wanted to double-feature this with They Live for a long time. Videodrome makes explicit (also explicit) what the television in They live leaves implicit.

This was the second or third time I've watched this movie and it made a lot of things clear. I'm ready to call this my favourite Cronenberg film. The plot rides secondary to the tone, but is much more comprehensible as a rewatch.

Videodrome is somehow able to convey hyper-reality even though Simulacra and Simulation barely predates it (and won't be translated into English for a further 11 years).

For a movie focused on television, it somehow reads as more prescient in the internet age. I haven't read much McLuhan, but I've felt that Postman read as overly pessimistic. Videodrome seems better-equipped to consider both the increasing complexity of television and the interactivity of the web.

If you are comfortable with watching a sexually violent film, I think that Videodrome is both good and important.