We begin David’s slate of films with David Cronenberg’s Videodrome! Does it still hold up in modern times? and more importantly Long live the new flesh??
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Synopsis for Videodrome
As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn (James Woods) is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon “Videodrome,” a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.
Anthony: So I guess, before we talk about the movie, why is this a movie that was important to you and why did you choose to select it?
David: Well, obviously, one reason is because Crimes of the Future is coming out, the new Cronenberg film. So, after talking to you, I chose the horror focus for my selections, and this is pretty much my favorite Cronenberg movie, and I was like “All right, let’s throw this up near the top and see what you think about it.” I can’t remember: have you seen any Cronenberg stuff yet or was this your first?
Anthony: No, this was my first.
David: Ha ha! All right, your first is always a special one. Yeah, so I was super curious to talk to you about your experience of Videodrome and what you thought about it.
Anthony: Yeah, yeah. So, I guess one thing I wanted to ask you: when was the last time you saw this movie? Was it recent or has it been a while?