Grant it, when it comes to Cronenberg films, they are horny for the most part, but his film Videodrome is especially horny. Full of sexual depravity and a bit of violence, this one gets really weird.
The plot is about a television station president Max who discovers a broadcast of strange and violent acts. It causes bizarre hallucinations so he tries to track down the source. It sends him through a downward spiral of sex and violence, the likes of he never experienced before.
There are some pretty weird body horror moments, and to really hone in on how sexual this movie is, a vaginal orifice opens up in the main character’s stomach. My home city of Pittsburgh gets mentioned as being the source of the broadcast, and when Max finally finds what he is looking, it is more than what he is ready for. I think more or less, this film was a commentary on sex and violence and their affect on people.
And in the end, we are left with the line that will become the most quotable “Long Live The New Flesh”.
This movie doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It is one of Cronenberg’s best films, but I think the reason why it gets passed by is due to its weird horniness. The film is currently streaming on Peacock, so now is time to give it a chance it deserves.
Till next time, stay scared!