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Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Released in 1983, David Cronenberg's Videodrome is one of his most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. Crossing the boundary between science fiction, horror, and social criticism, Videodrome remains a unique and brilliant work in the oeuvre of cinema's greatest maverick.

Tim Lucas had behind-the-scenes access
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Centipede Press (first published November 1st 2007)
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Bob Fingerman
Jan 09, 2009 Bob Fingerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of David Cronenberg and Video Watchdog.
Color me jealous. Back when the magic was happening, young journalist Tim Lucas connected with David Cronenberg (an idol of mine) and visited the set of Cronenberg's seminal slab of cinematic mind-fuckery "Videodrome". Lucas's visit was fairly protracted and over the course of it he met and interviewed all the key players both before and behind the camera. Anyone who is familiar with Lucas's very fine magazine, Video Watchdog, knows how thorough he is, and this book is a testament to his ability ...more
James Caterino
Insightful, in depth analysis of the making one of my favorite films of all time. Videodrome was a huge influence on my books She and Video Noir.

A must own for Croneberg fans, this book is packed with behind the scenes information, interviews and great pictures. This makes a great companion piece to the outstanding Cronenberg on Cronenberg from the Faber&Faber director on director series.

Written by film scholar and genre expert extraordinaire Tim Lucas.
Jeff
Nov 02, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating wide-ranging look at all aspects of the making of Videodrome. Assuming you are interested in either moderate-budget film-making, the works of David Cronenberg or sci-fi/horror cinema, then this book is a great read.

The only thing that really mars this is some poor editing.
Bryan
Nov 18, 2008 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very much an on the set report. I would have enjoyed a more academic analysis of the film's themes.
Jeff
Jan 08, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tad disappointing. While this is a great book about the making of Videodrome, I was hoping for a study on the subject matter in the film.
Britta
Nov 22, 2012 Britta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most thorough dissections of a horror film, for one of the best horror films ever made, Tim Lucas' engrossing behind the scenes tale of Videodrome is entertaining in its own right. I wish one of these books existed for every horror movie I loved.
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