Videodrome (1983)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) A surreal adventure. A semi-prophetic story from Cronenberg exploring the advent of TV as a tool to control the mind of the viewer.
2) CGI: belly-slit sequences, the gun’s fusion with Max’s hand
3) The scary subplot of Cathode Ray Mission – where homeless people are made to binge TV.
4) Body-horror – not palatable for weak-hearted

 

 

 

Cons –

1) The climax is not ambiguous but confusing.

 

 

 

 

Quote –

 

Brian O’Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.

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eXistenZ (1999)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Movie poster

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?