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YMMV / Videodrome

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: All over the place due to the movie featuring frequent hallucinations as the main character's brain becomes more and more affected by the Videodrome signal. Was Nicky ever real to begin with? Is Barry Convex truly leading a sinister conspiracy from an optometrist's office? Is Bianca O'Blivion a valiant resistance fighter against Videodrome, or is she no better than them?
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  • Awesome Music: The creepy, atmospheric, vaguely electronic score by Howard Shore is a subtle blend of sounds that blurs the line between the synthesized and acoustic elements, echoing Max's descent into hallucinations. Worth mentioning is the unusual production process that went into its making - Shore first had the music played by a small orchestra and then programmed the results into his Synclavier II digital synth/sampler. The rendered score was then recorded being played in tandem with a small string section, resulting in what we hear in the film.
  • Values Resonance: Although the movie takes it to acid-trip and Body Horror levels and applied to television, its prediction that people would primarily contact each other through videoscreen machines, adopt "strange new names" (i.e. online avatars), and become increasingly intertwined with a virtual world has become more relevant with the prevalant role of the internet in everyday life. Even the satirical element of having unscrupulous Moral Guardians trying to control it to advance their own ideology has become strangely prophetic in light of the 2017 crackdown on internet free speech.


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