Cast and Crew: Rick Baker (Special Effects Make-up); Deborah Harry
What It’s About: Sleazy cable channel programmer Max Renn (James Woods) begins to have intense hallucinations after he attempts to track down the bizarre S+M program one of his employees shows him on videotape.
Why Watch it Today?: Writer/director David Cronenberg’s epic 1983 horror/sci-fi/head film explores the change in consciousness brought on by the two major media developments of the late 1970s and early 1980s-cable and home video. The VHS tape, so instrumental to today’s film, was introduced to America today in 1977.