The Television Screen is the Retina of the Mind's Eye.
It’s been a lot of years since I saw David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. Like most of Cronenberg’s flicks, it was really fucking weird. I always thought of Cronenberg as the William S. Burroughs of film directors (a notion borne out when he directed Naked Lunch). Videodrome was about a sleazy cable-station president (James Woods) who discovered that he could increase his ratings massively by airing snuff films — movies that depicted mutilation and torture. The Videodrome tape, however, caused brain damage in the viewer — and there’s a lot of hallucinatory stuff involved, and corporate conspiracy, and a lot of blood. Like, spraying human intestines.
Like I said, weird movie. Cool, but not exactly easy to follow (or wasn’t when I saw it at 19).
So, yeah. They’re remaking it. My guess is that they’re going to take a lot of the weird out of the original and replace it with more palatable horseshit. Universal Pictures is running the remake train this time, and the plan is to “modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.”
I think that’s probably studio-speak for: Make it into a shitty movie that teenagers will want to see. Cronenberg, by the by, has absolutely nothing to do with the remake.
Here, enjoy a clip: