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Lobby Card #9: Videodrome

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Lobby Card: Videodrome (woodcut and drypoint with stitching and embroidered edges)

In the great canon of body horror, David Cronenberg invented his own sub-genre, aptly dubbed venereal horror by an early critic (source? not handy).  His first film (Shivers, 1975) depicted a sexually-transmitted parasitic slug that turns a deluxe, self-sufficient condominium complex into a hive of ravenous, murderous sex fiends.  From here his films grew  ever-more visceral: a rabies outbreak in Toronto spread through bites and sexual contact (Rabid); a clinic wherein emotional disturbances are manifested into grotesque, physical, sometimes murderous forms (The Brood); bad pregnancy pills that imbue offspring with mind-controlling abilities (Scanners); a meditation on  decay and  disease (particularly the AIDS epidemic) in the gruesome remake of The Fly; twin gynecologists who develop tools for use on the deformed (Dead Ringers); a gorgeous, surreal swipe at Burrough’s The Naked Lunch (with a typewriter, part insect and part asshole, who talks like an old Jewish man)… and the list goes on. Read the rest of this entry »

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