Videodrome All Over Again

Posted by admin - 14/02/11 at 01:02 am

I saw in Variety that Universal Pictures is going to do a remake of Videodrome.

Let me be clear here. I don’t mind bad movies. I’m a fan of them. I actually watched Death Wish V the other night, in which a seventy-three year-old Charles Bronson dealt vigilante justice to heavily armed organized crime figures, even though he could obviously barely walk around anymore.

Don’t know why. I just found it on, and I thought, “Hey, Bronson’s usually good for a couple of murders, a shoot-out, and some unintentional hilarity. What the heck.”

So anyway, I know what I’m talking about when the subject of bad movies comes up. Videodrome, however, was in a class by itself. This is one of the most incomprehensible movies I ever remember seeing. I say that because while many awful movies fade away over time (Speed Zone, Catwoman) and only leave a vague memory of badness, I still remember watching Videodrome on HBO and trying to make sense of it.

The movie is like watching a movie about an acid trip while actually taking an acid trip.

James Woods is the lead, and he’s going crazy throughout the movie. His hand is a gun, except it isn’t, except when it is. Debbie Harry is naked in the movie, which really isn’t that big of a draw. James Woods has a hole in his stomach that he keeps stuffing Betamax tapes into.

The whole thing is an allegory for…something. Not sure what.

— Reid Kerr wasn’t confused at all by Piranha 3-D.

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