Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Long live the new flesh

Strange, erotic, hallucinatory, visionary, hypnotic, and just plain insanely brilliant—those of just a  few the words that come to mind when trying to describe David Cronenberg’s 1983 masterpiece “Videodrome”.  Quite simply it is an addictive work art, shockingly prophetic when you watch it today, and more affecting than ever. This is a movie that foresaw virtual reality, the internet, reality TV, video blogging (vlogging) and YouTube—back in 1983!

While it is impossible for a novelization to capture Cronenberg’s relentlessly harrowing atmosphere of paranoia, James Woods killer performance, and Debra Harry’s haunting presence—Dennis Etchison (writing as Jack Martin) comes about as close as possible in this crisp, fast-moving, very readable and mostly faithful adaption of a revolutionary avant-garde piece of cinema. 

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