17. Videodrome

17. Videodrome (1983). James Woods plays a sleazy cable station producer looking for the most shocking, horrific, pornographic content he can find—something that can wake up his jaded and desensitized audience (himself included). He becomes obsessed with a pirate broadcast of a strange torture/sex show called Videodrome, and stumbles into a vast socio-political conspiracy as his body and mind begin to be re-shaped by what he sees on television. It’s a brilliant and arresting examination of the line between image, mind, and reality, and I believe it to be Cronenberg’s best work in the horror genre, if not his masterpiece. eXistenZ is the thematic sequel, and is definitely worth checking out. Long live the new flesh!

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