The film tells the story of Max Renn, the president of a cheap cable TV
station in Toronto called Channel 83, who chances upon a sleazy, violent
broadcast called 'Videodrome'. As he watches, the broadcasts begin to affect
his mind and he finds himself unable to distinguish between his increasingly
gruesome hallucinations and reality.
Frazer, B. (no date). Videodrome. Deep Focus
. Retrieved on 12th
March 2005 from: http://www.deep-focus.com/flicker/videodro.html
A short, thoughtful review of Cronenberg's film, focusing on his camera
work, cutting, dark humour, and the themes of the media, sex, violence
and transgression that the director addresses.
Grace, D. M. (2003). From Videodrome to Virtual Light:
David Cronenberg and William Gibson. Extrapolation, 44(3), pp.
Hotchkiss, L. M. (2003). 'Still in the Game': Cybertransformations
of the 'New Flesh' in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ
. The Velvet
, 52 (Fall), pp. 15-32. A comparison of Videodrome
and Cronenberg's later film eXistenZ
which includes discussion of the nature of the 'new flesh', cyberpunk,
, The Matrix
, Plato's Allegory
of the Cave
, and much more.
Latham, R. (1997). Screening Desire: Posthuman Couplings in Atom Egoyan's
Speaking Parts and David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Contributions
to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 70, pp.171-82.
Lucas, T. (no date). Medium Cruel: Reflections
on Videodrome. Criterion Collection
website. Retrieved on 30th
December 2007 from: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=248&eid=380§ion=essay
A fascinating insight into the making of Videodrome
by Tim Lucas,
the only journalist allowed onto the set. Concentrates principally on
earlier drafts of the script and how certain special effects were achieved.
Lucas, T. (2007b). Videodrome. Lakewood, CO: Millipede. Book-length
analysis of the film.
Martin, J. (1983). Videodrome. London: New English Library.
The novelization of the film by 'Jack Martin' (pen-name of Dennis Etchison),
based on Cronenberg's scripts.
Rickey, C. (2004). Make Mine Cronenberg.
, January 1983; revised May 2004. Retrieved on 30th
December 2007 from: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=248&eid=371§ion=essay
A brief overview of Cronenberg's films up to 1983, with observations on
the director's preoccupation with sex, repression, technology and the
body, as well as his peculiarly cerebral approach to horror.
Shaw, D. B. (2002). 'The Video Word Made Flesh': Spectacular Transgressions
in David Cronenberg's Videdrome. Foundation, 84, pp. 22-35.
Unseen Videodrome (no date). Cronendrome
. Retrieved on 12th March
2005 from: http://www.blue-bottle.co.uk/unseen.htm
. [No longer online.]
This short piece recounts some of the deleted scenes from Videodrome with
accompanying images taken from publicity stills and the American cable
television cut of the film.
Young, S. S.-F. (2002). 'Forget Baudrillard': The Horrors of 'Pleasure'
and the Pleasures of 'Horror' in David Cronenberg's Videodrome.
Cross Cultures, 56, pp. 147-74.