Classic Cronenberg screening series at IFC Center

IFC Center’s Waverly Midnights Series continues with a healthy – or unhealthy – dose of classic David Cronenberg films, running at midnight on weekends from February through April. Some of his most graphic and visually stunning work will screen, including Videodrome and Spider, considered classic sci-fi/horrors.

The IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street, in New York City.

One of my all time favorite Cronenberg films Videodrome, will be screening, which revolves around Max Renn (James Woods), the president of fictional Civic TV Channel 83, who’s always looking for new cheap and erotic movies for his station. When his employee, Harlan, decodes a pirate video broadcast showing torture, murder, and mutilation called “Videodrome,” Max becomes obsessed to get this series on his channel. He contacts his supplier Masha (Lynne Gorman), and asks her to find the party responsible for the transmission. A couple of days later, Masha tells Max that “Videodrome” are actual snuff films. Max’s sado-masochistic girlfriend Nicki Brand decides to travel to Pittsburgh, where the show is based, to audition. Max investigates further, and through a video by the media prophet Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley), he learns that that TV screens are the retina of the mind’s eye, being part of the brain, and “Videodrome” transmissions create a brain tumor in the viewer, changing the reality through video hallucination.

Take the A,B,C,D,E,F or V subway lines to the West 4th Street/ Washington Square stop or the 1 to Christopher Street/ Sheridan Square.

Below is a complete list of the films screenings, along with their dates.

  • Feb 20-21: CRASH (1996)
  • Feb 27-28: SPIDER (2002)
  • Mar 6-7: THE FLY (1986)
  • Mar 13-14: EXISTENZ (1999)
  • Mar 20-21: THE DEAD ZONE (1983)
  • Mar 27-28: VIDEODROME (1983)
  • Apr 3-4: NAKED LUNCH (1991)

Find out more about the screening series, and buy tickets at www.ifccenter.com.