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Videodrome (1983)

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
May's Member Pick was made by Justin Kingery.

(R, 89 min.)

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Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.
Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. May's pick was made by moxie member Justin Kingery.

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Summary: Sci-fi horror filmmaker David Cronenberg's diabolical invader is a television show that seduces and controls its viewers. Featuring rock star Deborah Harry (in her first major film) as a kinky hostess, James Woods as a cable programmer looking for the ultimate in viewing thrills, and special make-up effects by Oscar-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome is a pulsating science fiction nightmare about a world where video can control and alter human life. [Universal]

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"Its dense mysteries remain more tantalizing than distancing: No other director integrates the creepy with the cerebral quite like Cronenberg."

— Scott Tobias, AV Club

"Videodrome exalts technology while excoriating tech­nocracy, painting a dystopian picture. It is at once a baffling and entirely credible depiction: Cronenberg expresses what is usually repressed and makes visible those networks of power not seen by the naked eye"

— Carrie Rickey, Criterion Collection

"VIDEODROME very well may be the most incomprehensible mainstream film ever made [...] Nevertheless, this is a remarkable film that will continue to be debated and analyzed for decades to come."

— TV Guide

"Film is dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing. And Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects."

— Variety Staff, Variety