Sleazy TV executive(James Woods) needs cheap, exciting programming for his fly-by-night channel. Ambitiously, he stumbles across a fuzzy satellite feed showing torture, punishment ... and possibly murder.
David Cronenberg is known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of weird Sci-Fi. Directing and writing such movies as The Fly(personal Fav), The Brood, eXistnenZ(also personal fav), History of Violence, Naked Lunch, and Scanners.
In this film Cronenberg experiments with the subject of violence and sex in society. The movie in my opinion is the TV version of eXistenZ. Even with the lines "Death to videodrome and long live the new flesh, bio ports, and organic living electronics the movie is obviously a stepping stone to his bigger and better.
The special effects are pretty amazing thanks to Rick Baker who also worked on Star Wars, An American Werewolf in London, Batman Forever, Men in Black, The Ring, Hellboy, and X-men 3.
This is the first time I have gotten to see James Wood take control of a movie with his acting. He did an amazing job as the lead role. His subtle looks, remarks, and underlying thoughts made the weird disconnecting parts of the film more enjoyable.
This film is super out there as you might expect folks. It starts off pretty awesome but as our hero begins to hallucinate due to the brain tumor causing evil signal everything bleeds into the land of the Fear and Loathing. From there forward I almost disconnected, only held on by James Woods, awesome old school special effects, and the hope for something more. Undoubtedly a land mark film for a director and birth mark film for an increasingly violent media.