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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I dearly wish I had this photo in higher resolution as it’s one of my favorite photos ever. It’s gross, funny, disturbing, oddly sexual and just plain old bizarre… Much like the movie it’s from.

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome is a weird movie, man. Not that that should be a surprise from Cronenberg, but it’s even weirder than usual. James Woods gives one of my favorite performances of his career as a dude who… well, if you haven’t seen it I won’t go into the details. Trust me, go out and rent or buy the Criterion DVD or Blu and just watch it. You might think I’m a sick bastard when you’re done, but you won’t feel mediocre on what you see, that I can guarantee.

To give you more prodding, here’s an image of James Woods and David Cronenberg on the set. Like I said above I wish I had this in higher res, but this will have to do for now. Hope you guys enjoy!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features more than one legend and not just Hollywood stars either.

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  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by joker2thief

    Like a vagina. But with more intestine.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    james woods greatest fucking actor

    by ORIONgods

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    I for one think

    by longlivethenewflesh

    this is another great entry, Quint!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    great childhood memories.

    by claxdog

    I remember watching this when I stayed home from school sick on day in elementary school on vhs.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you Quint

    by byronical

    I now have to see Videodrome to see what the hell this was all about!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    what we need..

    by sonnyhooper a "Videodrome" type movie for the facebook/tweeting generation. i smell and "re-imagining" there somewhere.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    You'll forgive me if I don't stay around to watch.

    by BarryConvex

    I just can't cope with the freaky stuff.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    One of My Top 20 movies of all time!!!

    by MainMan2001

    This movies is beyond brilliant. It doesn't get any better. It's soooooo disturbing and surreal. Love it. The ending is so amazing?! LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I find this film to be eerily prophetic.

    by BarryConvex

    Just look at America's current obsession with reality television, internet porn, viral videos, and social networking.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Ah, early Cronenberg.

    by blackwood

    COME BACK TO US DAVID! Well, EASTERN PROMISES has one of the most body-horrifying fight scenes in cinematic history, so he never went too far. VIDEODROME is fantastic. sonnyhooper is right -- we haven't had a great, creepy sci-fi horror to talk to our current tech. No remake though. I bet dollars to donuts there is a some smart kid out there with the right idea and no money to make it. Great pic Quint.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Cancer is the potential for new organs

    by bottombrick

    Long live the new flesh

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg was a student of Marshall McLuhan, so it makes sense.

    by Royston Lodge

    Cronenberg was a student at the University of Toronto when McLuhan was a professor there. I'm just sayin'...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by Billyeveryteen

    I'm gonna shoot myself in the head with my flesh gun, right after I watch myself, shoot myself in the head with my flesh gun.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    "Hey, I lost my watch in there! Give it back!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I watched this a few months ago

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Still very interesting with great effects, but significantly less coherent than I remember. I will say when you step back and look at the body of work, Cronenberg is a pretty impressive filmmaker, with the possible exception of Dead Ringers - I know people enjoy that film (and Jeremy Irons has a great performance) but for some reason that movie annoys the Hell of me - just can't stand it. Luckily, it's more than made up for by the sheer brilliance of The Fly.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I really think Existenz is a better rendition of this theme...

    by ufoclub1977

    The plot of Videodrome always felt a little bit flat or stiff, like it was really kicking in and working.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest films ever made...

    by PleaseWipeMyAss

    fuck you if you think different

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    CRONENBERG - if he wasn't Canadian, or if i was, i'd vote for him!

    by frank cotton

    the battle for the mind of north america will be fought in the video arena the videodrome the television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it therefore television is reality and reality is less than television

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    fucking genius

    by frank cotton

    more insanity from frank, later tonight (or tomorrow, if you prefer/insist), after MIDNIGHT! creatures of the night, UNITE! what else yous gots to do?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    been waiting quite some time to say that, eh? EXISTENZ was great, almost gave up on it, and then the food/gun thing happened, and man, was that fuckin' awesome, or what? and what a brilliant way to get a gun past a metal detector...DEATH to the demon FRANK COTTON! time for my medication

  • It was like pulling in an actual Videodrome transmission...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Also, see the Criterion version with the James Woods commentary

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    He's an interesting dude.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Ooooh! A Piece of Candy!

    by bdc777

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    oh, that film

    by Dollar Bird

    I remember taking this class in my undergrad called "Scifi Literature: Man, Woman, and Machine." We had to watch this and "Metropolis" and "Blade Runner." I had seen the other two movies many times, but "Videodrome" was new to me. I remember most of us walking out of that classroom with shell-shocked looks. (I also recall hating almost everything we had to read for that class. All wanky stuff fueled by fear of women or technology.)

  • Feb. 17, 2011, midnight CST

    I should turn in my "geek card"...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    ...because I have yet to watch "Videodrome". It's one of those must-see movies that's on my list, but I always forget and never get around to it. I'm off to go find a torrent for it. I'll be watching it tonight.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    so ... can we have your liver, then?

    by Panthalassa

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    king of films

    by mrbong

    probably just behind The Fly as Cronenberg’s most linear and accessible film. quality movie.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by DoctorBotanus

    ...there's a better way of getting lint out of one's belly button.....

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by ShogunMustard

    I remember as a kid the trailer for this movie. I was scared for the longest time watching any trailer for a movie because of this movie's trailer. The gun coming out of the TV scared the hell out of me. For some reason that trailer seemed to play all the time for every movie my parents took me to. So when trailers started I always closed my eyes to make sure this wasn't playing. Don't know why but I ended up loving this movie as a youngster as well as movies like it, like scanners.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Woods is all- that's how I roll baby!

    by UltraTron

    You got a light?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Did you get my THE FLY pic, Quint?

    by Bitches_leave

    I send you a cool set pic with Cronenberg and Goldblum (in full Fly make-up) relaxing on the set.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Ooh, a piece of candy...

    by terrificwriter

    Ooh, a piece of candy... Ooh, a piece of candy...

  • And i find that photo hillarious. I have seen it before, but it never stops being funny. It's the faces of the two guys.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I have to respect anybody whose nick is a reference from VIDEODROME.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    If you find DEAD RINGERS anoying, that means David Cronneberg was sucessful in this intentions and you reacted as it was intended. The movie is supposed to be disturbing and unconfortable. You just gave Cornenberg and the movie a great praise, probably a bigger praise then i could do by saying positive things about it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    VIDEODROME is one of those movies that's more a character study, which means it doesn't lean as much to a plot as would, say, an adventure movie. I know that today it's very popular for people to define movies just by plot, but there ar emany other narrative strategies to tell a tale. A story supported by a plot is just one of those.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    James Woods comentary in Criterion's DVD of VIDEODROME is quite brillant indeed. He guy is quite intelligent, well read and knowledgable, and his chattrack shows it. He also proves to be a SF geek, he reallyt knows his SF shit. He compares VIDEODROME's importantce in the SF genre to other landmark SF movies of the time, like BLADE RUNNER, and he's right. So, James Woods is a SF geek, he loves BLADE RUNNER, and he's proud and is a fan of VIDEODROME, the movie he was in. And he's one hell of an actor. What's not to like about him?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    dr. egon spengler

    by AsimovLives

    You don't have to turn in your geek card because you havne't seen this movie yet. You only have to turn it in if you hate it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Bah, I submitted this in October!

    by Fawst

    For whatever book contest you had going on. Oh well. I do love this pic, though. Here's a different pose:

  • Business reasons? Sure, sure... what about the other reasons? Why deny you get your kicks out of watching torturing and murder?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Ambitious But Flawed

    by Aquatarkusman

    Cronenberg needs a little more narrative coherence than David Lynch to thrive, but really lost it in the last third of the movie. BTW, great video loop featuring a scene in the movie (SFW):

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Shame Deborah Harry didn't do more work -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    her acting is a bit shaky, but she did have great camera presense.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Criterion DVD - Great packaging (don't have the Blu)

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Love the design of the DVD case made to look exactly like a Beta cassette. Gotta love Criterion. Oh, and the round table discussion with Mick Garris interviewing Carpenter, Landis, and Cronenberg in the early '80s...priceless.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Dead Ringers question

    by deelzbub

    watched Dead Ringers on cable a couple of years ago, and it seemed like a scene was cut out at the end of the movie. In the theatrical release, did Jeremy Irons' character stitch himself together with his dead twin? Or am I remembering something that didn't happen?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by v3d

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    I'm an old guy. Saw it twice in the theater. I don't remember that.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    This is one of the greats.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'm not sure which Cronenburg film I love the most, but Videodrome is certainly a contender. Watch this film with a high fever some time. It will melt your brain. Yeah, the expressions on their faces totally make this pic. Woods looks pretty fucked up.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    80's James Woods rules.

    by Fawst

    This, Fast-Walking, Against All Odds and his bit in Cat's Eye are all great. ***SPOILER So when Max kills Convex at the convention, is there a reason his body goes so over the top destructo? I assumed it was supposed to be a hallucination on Max's part, along with a lot of the other shit going on, but I dunno... I guess it could have just been over-the-top gore just because. Woods' delivery of "DEATH TO THE OLD FLESH, LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!" is so fucking great in that scene. SPOILER***

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by REDD

    David Cronenberg, David Lynch, and Paul Verhoeven collaborating on a project...holy shitballs!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    redd - with make-up effects by

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Rick Baker and Rob Bottin - a geeks wet dream.

  • Videodrome is a masterpiece plain and simple.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Rick Baker's answer to Bottin's The Thing...

    by spidar40

    Baker should do more fucked up shit like this... we already know he can do werewolves and gorilla's in his fucking sleep!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Great fucking movie...


    One of the all-time greats by my second favorite director named Dave. Glad to see people mention Existenz, excellent film that is very similar to Videodrome.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Btw, new Cronenberg is just as good.


    One of the few great directors who hasn't slacked off in quality late in his career.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    one day, those of us who are dematologically challenged will rise up, and EAT you genetically perfect assholes...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST



    He wouldn't want her after Woods stretched her out anyway. The guy supposedly is hung like a horse.

  • damn i didnt know how much i have missed JW since he happens to be one of my most favorite actors. the series is great and JW is uber cool as always but i read in IMDB that it is only 2 seasons and it has ended 5 years ago with JW not taking part in some other major project since then? wtf is going on and such charismatic actors like JW disappear while Hollywood is filled with hacks every year? do we have to wait for Tarantino to get him in some of his movies so that the world can be re-introduced to the awesomeness that is JW ? anyway cool pic from one of Cronebergs best movies.if i remember correctly the pic is from the scene where he pulls out from his stomach the gun and then it merges with his hand and becomes the flesh-gun right? indeed a very weird movie even for Croneberd's level.heh.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    asimovlives... about plot vs story vs film for me

    by ufoclub1977

    I'm the type that can find something like "Koyannisquatsi" to have a story arc, a narrative drive that creates an emotional response in me that builds. I'm also the type that fell asleep during "Ironman 2", and finds "Dark Knight" to not really be a fully functional movie experience for me personally. Videodrome's problem to me is that it's story (or character study) has no real depth or progression for me. It doesn't seem to have a truly cohesive string. A number of things could cause this from the casting, the set pieces, the pacing, the character designs themselves (and I mean i writing not visually). It has great concepts and effects, don't get me wrong on that. Existenz on the other hand really does work for me on all levels. I think recently the most impressive movie experience I've had was "Enter the Void". It fulfills it all for me.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Joshua's Abdominal Vagina Then and Now

    by tangcameo

    And if you know what the hell I'm referencing then bonus points for you!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    i was going to slam UFOclub until i saw

    by frank cotton

    what he said about EXISTENZ. but i will say, i don't think he gets VIDEODROME, because it has more depth than almost anything else i've ever seen. LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    You all know they're remaking this and calling it YouTubeDrome?


  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    barryconvex, have you even seen the film?


    because if you had you would know that it is not about torture and murder but about the negative effects of watching torture and murder. It's actually a morality allegory.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    @the_choppah. You gonna kick yourself son.

    by angranoid

    Barry Convex is a character in Videodrome The post is a quote from the movie. He even provided a link to clarify. Quite clever really. So we should be asking ourselves... did you watch the movie?