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It's episode 265...and the television screen is the retina of the mind's eye.
Videodrome (1983) tells the story of slimy TV executive Max Renn, who specialises in digging up obscure softcore pornography and bloody violence to broadcast to the feverish masses on his cable TV station. But, when Max comes into contact with the extreme and nightmarish violence of Videodrome, things begin to unravel, leading to hallucinations, BDSM-infused re-enactments and the transference of violent media into violent reality.
We discuss chest wound gun holsters, a prescient depiction of the anxieties and effects of violent media, dig into the most thematically-packed 90 minute movies we’ve ever seen, unpick a gory special effects masterclass and ponder whether, if you want to stop someone investigating something, whether it’s a good idea to give them loads of information to help them do just that.
All of which leads to one question: How would you survive?
Whatever happens, one thing's for sure: Death to Videodrome. Long live the new flesh!
Next time, it’s exploding heads o’clock as David Cronenberg Season continues with Scanners (1981).