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Videodrome 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 Quite simply, it is an addictive work art, shockingly prophetic when you watch it today, andaffecting than ever This is a movie that foresaw virtual reality, the internet, reality TV, video blogging vlogging and YouTube back in 1983 While it is impossible for a novelization to ca 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 Quite simply, it is an addictive work art, shockingly prophetic when you watch it today, andaffecting than ever This is a movie that foresaw virtual reality, the internet, reality TV, video blogging vlogging and YouTube back in 1983 While 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 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 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 outespecially towards the beginning and end There son Samurai dreams and Max nightmare which ties in to some of the themes in the story.I don t think this quite 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 psyche.This has so much philosophy packed in you can sit there dissecting it for years.Long live the new flesh Videodrome is my favorite film Reading this was both an amazing experience and a letdown The author does a good job of giving the screenplay life though the frequent expositions can be intrusive during dialogue and there are a ton of extra lines, situations, and subplots not in the finished film which was great for me, the berfan However, David Cronenberg s screenplay was clearly unpolished when given to the author here It went through many revisions, even continuing when they were film Videodrome is my favorite film Reading this was both an amazing experience and a letdown The author does a good job of giving the screenplay life though the frequent expositions can be intrusive during dialogue and there are a ton of extra lines, situations, and subplots not in the finished film which was great for me, the berfan However, David Cronenberg s screenplay was clearly unpolished when given to the author here It went through many revisions, even continuing when they were filming, and it shows here in its imperfect state The plot starts the same as the film, but once you get halfway through, the novel detours into a mess of unresolved conflicts and severe confusion that were ironed out for the film Worth a read for the Cronenberg fan, otherwise stick to the movie 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, D 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 This is a fast, surreal, grim read I feel like the book adds depth to the movie and was well written.Naturally, 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 impa This is a fast, surreal, grim read I feel like the book adds depth to the movie and was well written.Naturally, 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 wasclear than the movie in portraying what happened when Max Renn shot Barry Convex at the end I had misinterpreted that from the movie.Both 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 quaint compared to today s tech I would imagine the pirated signal would have started out as an encrypted internet video if this were written today.On 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 dreams.I think anyone who likes the movie will enjoy this novelization 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. the movie sends me goosebumps and brings me thoughts 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 nothingthan a series of sex and violence snuff sequences 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 bec 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 nothingthan a series of sex and violence snuff sequences 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 sequence long talked about and brushes over the Convex cancer sequence 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 quickly 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 After all, there is nothing real outside our perception of reality, is there You can see that, can t you 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


About the Author: Jack Martin

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name A pseudonym used by Dennis Etchison.


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