June 4th, 2011: Videodrome (1983)

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.

Where to Get It: Libraries, iTunes, Netflix (Rental only) or Amazon

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