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This re-issue of David Cronenberg's 1983 shocker ties in rather nicely with the ongoing debate about film censorship. A strong contender for one of the director's best efforts, the film is a relentlessly surreal and gory expedition into the nightmare world of onscreen violence, exploiting fears about the influence television can have on the masses. James Woods plays cable television operator Max Renn who is bored with the material on his channel and is hungry for salacious new ideas to attract viewers. He stumbles upon an experimental television programme called Videodrome, a snuff show on which real people are killed, raped and maimed in front of the cameras. Thrilled by the potential of this sick reality TV, Max sees Videodrome first-hand, but he begins experiencing disturbing and twisted hallucinations which propel him to the brink of insanity, especially when his sexually adventurous girlfriend Nicki Brand (Deborah Harry) goes missing, shortly after auditioning for the channel.