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Director:David Cronenberg
Cast:James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson
Release Date:1983

At the Charles Theatre at midnight June 19

By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/10/2009

With its then-lurid DIY imagery of vaguely S&M sexuality and torture being deemed "what's next" by a cable television producer and the monologue being deemed a "preferred mode of discourse" (hello, blogs), David Cronenberg's 1983 sci-fi slow burn of a thriller becomes more and more prescient with every passing year. Ratings-hound cable TV producer Max Renn (the incomparable James Woods) stumbles across an underground video feed of unspeakable depravation, and after repeated viewings begins to wonder if television is a passive instrument of mind and behavioral control. Co-starring Debbie Harry, arguably at the height of her arctic-chill sensuality.

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