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Sunday, 16 February 2014

The 5th Hall Of Fame Inductee Representing Horror Film - Videodrome (1983) - David Cronenberg

One of writer-director David Cronenberg’s excellent string of films in the 1980s (that also included Scanners, The Fly and Dead Ringers), Videodrome is undoubtedly the most prophetic and prescient. A bizarre, surrealist psycho-sexual explores through sado-masochism the characters’ pursuit of transcendence beyond the physical flesh, Cronenberg touches upon what are on the surface titillating matters but explores them with a great degree of intelligence and respect. It precludes our increasing relationship(s) with technology and the perversity of reality television, and as a technically astute work, featuring a charged, pulsating score by Howard Shore and terrific performances from James Woods and Debbie Harry, this is one of horror cinema’s most thematically rich and dense pictures. 

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