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When you look at David Cronenberg’s nearly 30-year-old Videodrome (can it really be that long ago?), it’s incredible to realize how comparatively quaint the technology in the film is. It’s also hard not to realize that the points — warnings really — Cronenberg was making about technology overtaking our lives have only become more and more relevant with the passage of time. Ideas such as a society that has to be patched back into the world through soup-kitchen-like missions offering doses of TV seem disturbingly real when you encounter news stories of homeless people putting a higher priority on an internet connection than on a place to sleep. The concept of an inanimate object becoming a permanent body fixture doesn’t appear anywhere near as ludicrous in a world where people can’t be parted — even briefly — from their cellphones or their Twitter accounts. How far away are we really from Cronenberg’s prophecy of “the new flesh?” This review by Ken Hanke was originally published on July 17, 2012.  
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Satire
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Videodrome Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 828-273-3332,

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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