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Videodrome In the world that lies ahead of us all reality and hallucination will merge and interchange So when Max Renn saw the flesh of his stomach swell and redden as though a giant worm was moving beneath the skin was that imagination or reality And when the skin split and the flesh parted like giant lips soft and bloodied When he could sink his fingers his whole hand deep inside feeling and probing through the wall of his own stomach As the juices thick and warm clung and sucked gently at his finger tips drawing him in As the bile rose hot with revulsion in his throat Was that a nightmare or reality


10 thoughts on “Videodrome

  1. says:

    This was a surprisingly good adaptation of David Cronenberg's twisted and surreal 1983 movie The main reason I wanted to read this was because it was written by Dennis Etchison one of my favorite horror writers of the 80s The other reason was because I wanted to see if Etchison could possibly pull off the seemingly impossible task of translating such an intensely visual film to mere words yes I know ALL films are visual but this one is especially so He succeeded imoHere's the basic gist of the story for those who don't know Reality begins to bend and break down for Max Renn president of a sleazy cable TV station in Canada once he starts intercepting encoded pirate broadcasts of what seem to be real life snuff and torture films There's an addictive uality to these uick little snippets which are titled 'Videodrome' and Max soon becomes obsessed thinking he's come across the new wave in television and his life slowly turns into a nightmare unable to separate what's real from hallucination Is there a conspiracy at work here?Etchison chooses to describe all the weird nightmarish imagery in a matter of fact straightforward style as opposed to going a opaue and surreal route and this works well allowing for someone who's never seen the film or as with me someone who hasn't seen it in decades to follow along without feeling totally lost Just mostly lost at least towards the end as was probably intended There's really no way of knowing exactly what happened but it never became frustrating only and mysterious Etchison also does a good job capturing the skeevy nature of Max while still making him somewhat relatable and sympathetic The gradual growing sense of eerie unreality and paranoia is pulled off nicely as well Any fans of Etchison or Cronenberg should dig the hell out of this40 Stars


  2. says:

    After all there is nothing real outside our perception of reality is there? You can see that can't you?


  3. says:

    Won't read film tie ins? Some of them are good especially when the writer is Dennis Etchison under an alias A hard task to displace the capital c classic film but doesn't need to Based on an early version of the screenplay so deleted scenes abound No perfunctory retelling of the movie a projection of the source material into different dimensions and a legitimate novel in it's own right prefaced by Etchison's own dedication 'For those who feel what they see' For those who don't know David Cronenberg is a Canadian filmmaker who made several thinly disguised mildly embellished dramatizations of true events in the late seventies and early eighties The light dusting of fiction the fact that he didn't use anyone's real name and that his films made lots of money relative to budget meant that he was rewarded with a Stephen King adaptation when he escaped across the border into US in 1983


  4. says:

    Since videodrome is such a visual film its hard to get that across in a novel but Jack Martin makes a pretty good attempt to use words to try to come to terms with things for which there are no words If you love the film then the novel is a wonderful companion piece although I'm not sure how much sense it will make if you're unfamiliar with the story Its based on an earlier draft of the script and so there are some subtle differences scenes in a slightly different order and certain things fleshed out especially towards the beginning and end There's on Samurai dreams and Max' nightmare which ties in to some of the themes in the storyI don't think this uite conveys the sense of paranoia that the film manages to evoke but its still filled with menacing characters with disturbing surnames like Brand O'Blivion Convex and a fascinating story ultimately about the effect of sex and violence on television have on the human psycheThis has so much philosophy packed in you can sit there dissecting it for yearsLong live the new flesh


  5. says:

    Excellent screenplay adaptation though I have to say I liked the film much better the book just isn't the same without those horrifying scenes Cronenberg gave us in his film


  6. says:

    This is a fast surreal grim read I feel like the book adds depth to the movie and was well writtenNaturally it very closely mirrors the movie but it was based on an early version of the script and the differences are interesting to observe In most cases where the book has something that was stricken from the movie it's clear the movie makers made the right decision On the other hand a big plus for the book is that the special effects are left to the reader's imagination which adds impact to many of the surreal scenes in this story The book was clear than the movie in portraying what happened when Max Renn shot Barry Convex at the end I had misinterpreted that from the movieBoth the movie and the book are a little dated of course I personally found this rather entertaining It's clear we're supposed to be impressed by Max's 19 inch television that's not a typo a 19 TV was huge back in the day and that and the VHS tapes are kind of uaint compared to today's tech I would imagine the pirated signal would have started out as an encrypted internet video if this were written todayOn a side note each night I was reading this book after I was done reading I would put on the movie to the part I had just read and fall asleep to it It made for a fun combination and some interesting dreamsI think anyone who likes the movie will enjoy this novelization


  7. says:

    the movie sends me goosebumps and brings me thoughts


  8. says:

    Max Renn is the president of CivicTV a station that specialises in edgy adult entertainment Dissastisfied with what’s being offered the tame ‘Samurai Dreams’ he’s very interested in a rogue satellite feed his technician Harlan discovers Encrypted and coded Videodrome appears to be nothing than a series of sex and violence snuff seuences and once Max has seen it he and radio personality Nikki Brand just can’t seem to get enough of it Whilst the film which I first saw in 1985 because I loved Debbie Harry and the work of Rick Baker has forever remained in my personal top ten this is the first time I’ve read the novelisation Etchison who is a superb writer and brings every bit of his craft to the book appears to have been working from a shooting script since this includes the TeleRanger in the bathtub seuence long talked about and brushes over the Convex cancer seuence in a page or two where it’s actually a major set piece in the film It also provides depth on certain items that brush by uickly in the film filling in certain gaps and making some plot points clearer for example the signal doesn’t work properly on Nikki which is why Max is so important to Convex Obviously dated it was published in 1983 with the videocassettes and signs being lettered in Letraset this is also alarmingly prescient on the widespread reality TV rubbish we now all suffer as well as nodding towards sadistic z list celeb gameshows Classy clinical and bleak this is a cracking novelisation and if you liked the excellent film I’d very much recommend it


  9. says:

    Strange erotic hallucinatory visionary hypnotic and just plain insanely brilliant—those are just of few the words that come to mind when trying to describe David Cronenberg’s 1983 masterpiece “Videodrome” uite simply it is an addictive work art shockingly prophetic when you watch it today and affecting than ever This is a movie that foresaw virtual reality the internet reality TV video blogging vlogging and YouTube—back in 1983While it is impossible for a novelization to capture Cronenberg’s relentlessly harrowing atmosphere of paranoia James Woods killer performance and Debra Harry’s haunting presence—Jack Martin Dennis Etchison writing as Jack Martin comes about as close as possible in this crisp fast moving very readable and mostly faithful adaption of a revolutionary piece of avant garde cinema


  10. says:

    uality novelizationDunno what sense it would make if you have not seen film dunno if film makes sense I like them both anyway DEATH TO GOODREADS haha Jk


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