31 Scary Movies that are 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon: ‘Videodrome’

“Videodrome” (1983) – Who or what is Videodrome?  For starters, it’s a television show broadcast out of Malaysia that depicts torture, human being on human being.  

Surely, the torment isn’t real.  Right? 

Well, Max Renn’s (James Woods), the head of a TV station that specializes in eccentric programming, is curious about the said program.

However, he stumbles onto a path of treachery and sleaze, and that’s just the beginning.

Writer/director David Cronenberg’s body-horror-meets-technology flick traverses into mind-boggling spaces, as the events like a character inserting a videotape into another’s torso becomes conventional fodder over 87 twisted minutes.

“Videodrome” needs at least a couple of viewings to get a handle on the plot points, the basics, both large and small.  Sadly, moviegoers did not take that opportunity in 1983, as the movie only grossed $2.1 million at the U.S. box office.

However, Cronenberg’s film found new life on video shelves, as this strange TV story became a cult hit on the small screen.  Of course, it did!

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon:  2

James Woods stars in “Videodrome” (1983)

James Woods stars in “Casino” (1995) with Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro stars in “Sleepers” (1996) with Kevin Bacon

Directed and Written by:  David Cronenberg

Starring:  James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, and Peter Dvorsky

Runtime:  87 minutes

Rated:  R

Image credits:  Universal Pictures

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