Videodrome: Audience reviews for the movie were very negative. Fuck them, I loved it. There is a remake in the future….have no idea why.
Cronenberg fundamentally does not care about the body. Those who use the descriptor “body horror” (which, to be clear, I am not accusing that who I reblogged this from to be doing) fail to see his concerns about how the triad of power, sexuality, and technology increasingly catalyze one another and work themselves into our lives, often at the expense to one, for the self-interested benefit of another.
The physical, corporeal ‘horror’ in his films functions not as a deterrent, or ‘gross out’ factor, but as a flashlight: an illuminary poetic device to demonstrate the very real consequences and effects that, in essence, desire (eXistenZ, Videodrome, Scanners, Dead Ringers, Crash, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method), taken to its ruthless apotheosis (often under the guidance of capitalism), has.