Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Debbie Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring violence and torture.
Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his programming of largely X-rated shows – which depict graphic sex and extreme violence – as a pure matter of economic survival as a small station.
Videodrome’s messaging is blunt and literal – the media as something infectious, sickly, seductive, and physically and mentally harmful.