History Film / Videodrome

23rd Jun '16 10:07:11 AM Mdumas43073
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''Videodrome'' is a horror/sci-fi film directed by Creator/DavidCronenberg.

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''Videodrome'' is a 1983 horror/sci-fi film directed by Creator/DavidCronenberg.


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19th Jun '16 2:05:17 PM nombretomado
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* PunnyName: Brian O'Blivion? Barry Convex? Is this a comedy? '''No.''' Possibly a ShoutOut to ThomasPynchon. {{Justified}} in the first instance because Brian O'Blivion has explicitly renamed himself.

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* PunnyName: Brian O'Blivion? Barry Convex? Is this a comedy? '''No.''' Possibly a ShoutOut to ThomasPynchon.Creator/ThomasPynchon. {{Justified}} in the first instance because Brian O'Blivion has explicitly renamed himself.
6th Jun '16 10:31:16 PM YuriFan17
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* BellyDancer: A belly dancer appears in the restaurant where Masha reveals more about Videodrome to Max.
5th Sep '15 6:14:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* LadyInRed: When Max is on a talk show to defend his low-brow network, he notes that that the red dress of Nikki, one of his co-guests, is quite alluring. They strike up a relationship not long after.
12th Aug '15 3:23:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* CigaretteBurns: Nikki puts out a cigarette on her left breast as part of her masochistic tendencies, despite Max's pleas for her not to.
29th May '15 7:21:23 PM Fireblood
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* StartsWithASuicide: [[spoiler: {{Inverted}}. The film ends with Max shooting himself to (he believes) be joined with Nicki in Videodrome. Whether or not he's [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness hallucinating there is an open question, however]].]]
21st May '15 5:11:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* CanadaDoesNotExist: {{Averted}}. To the untrained eye there is nothing distinctively Canadian about the locations, and Nicki Brand is played by the openly American Debbie Harry, but:
** Nicki Brand's radio show is stated to come from Toronto.
** The final scene takes place on a boat bearing a sign saying [[AC: Condemned By The Toronto Harbour Authority]].
21st May '15 5:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* TwentyThree:
** The first scene is Max's secretary telling him his schedule for the day, Wednesday the twenty-third. On video tape.
** In a blink and you'll miss it type, when Max first meets Barry Convex in person for the first time at the opticians' store, you can see the number 23 in the background behind Convex in one of the shots.



* AffectionateParody / NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Brian O'Blivion is a parody of Marshall [=McLuhan=], whose ideas are the central theme of the movie. He only exists in video tapes, parodying [=McLuhan's=] famous proclamation: "I refuse to appear on television, except on television," a line O'Blivion quotes verbatim in his first appearance.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Brian O'Blivion is a parody of Marshall [=McLuhan=], whose ideas are the central theme of the movie. He only exists in video tapes, parodying [=McLuhan's=] famous proclamation: "I refuse to appear on television, except on television," a line O'Blivion quotes verbatim in his first appearance.



* ScienceIsBad / NewMediaAreEvil: The seeming surface moral is that modern information technology is ''eeevill''. But, later it turns out: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope not so much]]]].

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* ScienceIsBad / NewMediaAreEvil: ScienceIsBad: The seeming surface moral is that modern information technology is ''eeevill''. But, later it turns out: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope not so much]]]].



* TwentyThree: The first scene is Max's secretary telling him his schedule for the day, Wednesday the twenty-third. On video tape.
** In a blink and you'll miss it type, when Max first meets Barry Convex in person for the first time at the opticians' store, you can see the number 23 in the background behind Convex in one of the shots.



** It's stated that it's the Videodrome ''signal'' that does the "damage", and that it can be used with any vector.
21st May '15 5:07:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* TorturePorn: Subverted in-universe. When Max first sees the pirated Videodrome transmission, he thinks that it's the most realistic torture exploitation he's ever seen, which is exactly what he thinks his channel's viewers will want. Only later does he realize that Videodrome's 'actors' don't ever return, and is a real SnuffFilm operation.
15th May '15 12:27:56 AM Fireblood
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More specifically, the film follows the CEO of a small cable station who stumble upon a broadcast signal that is broadcasting extremely violent and horrific things. He investigates. As you might expect from Cronenberg, things get worse...

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More specifically, the film follows the CEO of a small cable station who stumble stumbles upon a broadcast signal that is broadcasting extremely violent and horrific things. He investigates. As you might expect from Cronenberg, things get worse...



* CanadaDoesNotExist: Averted. To the untrained eye there is nothing distinctively Canadian about the locations, and Nicki Brand is played by the openly American Debbie Harry, but:

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* CanadaDoesNotExist: Averted.{{Averted}}. To the untrained eye there is nothing distinctively Canadian about the locations, and Nicki Brand is played by the openly American Debbie Harry, but:



* DeconstructorFleet ; For late '70s exploitation movies. Oddly enough, it is now [[WeirdAlEffect much better known]] than films like ''Mondo Cane'' or the first ''Film/FacesOfDeath''.

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* DeconstructorFleet ; DeconstructorFleet: For late '70s exploitation movies. Oddly enough, it is now [[WeirdAlEffect much better known]] than films like ''Mondo Cane'' or the first ''Film/FacesOfDeath''.



* {{Gorn}} - Played with.

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* {{Gorn}} - {{Gorn}}: Played with.



* MoralEventHorizon: Invoked by Masha.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Invoked {{Invoked}} by Masha.



* NewMediaAreEvil: Deconstructed. This turns to be [[spoiler:Barry Convex's]] plan with Videodrome all along: to make people fear the evolution of media. Bianca is against it, but her beliefs are just as extreme.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Deconstructed.{{Deconstructed}}. This turns to be [[spoiler:Barry Convex's]] plan with Videodrome all along: to make people fear the evolution of media. Bianca is against it, but her beliefs are just as extreme.



* NonActorVehicle: [[Music/{{Blondie}} Deborah Harry]]

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* NonActorVehicle: [[Music/{{Blondie}} Deborah Harry]]Harry]].



* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Pittsburgh is treated this way throughout the film. It is where the videodrome signal comes from, and "See you in Pittsburgh" is later used in lieu of the regular "SeeYouInHell".

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* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Pittsburgh is treated this way throughout the film. It is where the videodrome Videodrome signal comes from, and "See you in Pittsburgh" is later used in lieu of the regular "SeeYouInHell".



* PunnyName: Brian O'Blivion? Barry Convex? Is this a comedy? '''No.''' Possibly a ShoutOut to ThomasPynchon. {{Justified|Trope}} in the first instance because Brian O'Blivion has explicitly renamed himself.

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* PunnyName: Brian O'Blivion? Barry Convex? Is this a comedy? '''No.''' Possibly a ShoutOut to ThomasPynchon. {{Justified|Trope}} {{Justified}} in the first instance because Brian O'Blivion has explicitly renamed himself.



* ScienceIsBad / NewMediaAreEvil - The seeming surface moral is that modern information technology is ''eeevill''. But, later it turns out: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope not so much]]]].

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* ScienceIsBad / NewMediaAreEvil - NewMediaAreEvil: The seeming surface moral is that modern information technology is ''eeevill''. But, later it turns out: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope not so much]]]].



** CIVIC-TV is a play on City-TV (a Toronto-area station that played porn movies at the time when ''Videodrome'' was made[[note]]It still does, only now it's not just a "Toronto-area" Station, but has a City-Tv Vancouver, Montreal, etc.[[/note]]).

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** CIVIC-TV is a play on City-TV (a Toronto-area station that played porn movies at the time when ''Videodrome'' was made[[note]]It made.[[note]]It still does, only now it's not just a "Toronto-area" Station, but has a City-Tv City-TV Vancouver, Montreal, etc.[[/note]]).



* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Barry Convex]]

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* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Barry Convex]]Convex.]]



* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: TV prophet Brian O'Blivion communicates solely through videotaped messages--even in order to participate in an interview early on in the film.

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* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: TV prophet Brian O'Blivion communicates solely through videotaped messages--even messages-even in order to participate in an interview early on in the film.
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