Canadian auteur David Cronenberg occupies a very special place in all of our hearts – and minds. His catalogue of films is both varied and unique – offerings ranging from straight-up splatter to bodice-ripping costume dramas – and are frequently requested from our dedicated core of regular Rio Theatre audience members. As such, we felt it was high time to bring one of our all-time favourites, the timely cult-classic VIDEODROME, to our screen as a Friday Late Night Movie on November 3.
In this seminal example of “Cronenberg-esque” horror sci-fi, James Woods stars as Max Renn, the president of a trashy TV channel, who is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon “Videodrome,” a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (the always sexy and slightly kinky Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the strange truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought. Also starring Sonja Smits.
“Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, VIDEODROME‘s musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“There’s little denying that Cronenberg was way ahead of his time with much of VIDEODROME.” (FEARnet)
Friday, November 3
Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm
Tickets $8 in costume or in advance HERE | $10 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg, 1983 / 87 mins) A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.