sci fi horror

The year was 1993. A pale, chubby, awkward, nerdy boy with nary a whisker in sight was visiting the Universal Studios Orlando Resort with his family. While there said boy witnessed none other than “Ghostbusters Live” and traveled down a dinosaur’s gullet in the “Back to the Future” ride, both of which that now bearded still awkward man remembers clearly. But the pièce de résistance was a Horror themed makeup show in which two hosts vying for Penn and Teller level displays of misdirection and illusion demonstrated a variety of special effect techniques.

Videodrome is one of the best critiques of cat videos before cat videos were a thing. In David Cronenberg's follow-up to “Scanners” the writer and director solidified his cinematic voice addressing similar themes with a breadth of scale and a visionary perception of the place of new technologies in the public and private. Where in his previous feature a climatic sequence represented some sort of proto-internet telepath hack, Videodrome takes for its very focus the intrusion of malicious programming in domestic spaces and a collective consciousness.

In the above snapshot, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs The World") plays Kate Lloyd, a grad student who joins an expedition to Antarctica and discovers a frozen alien life form and... well you know what happens next. A prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, the 2011 film will take place right before the first film, with the original Norwegian crew that discovered the alien. The film is set to release in theaters October 14, 2011.

Joe shows up late and judges Eric, who finally sat through an entire movie for the show.