"Most people have a certain understanding of what a horror film is, namely, that it is emotionally juvenile, ignorant, supremely non-intellectual and dumb. You know, just basically stupid. […] A lot of people think of film, in general, as an escape, an escape to entertainment. But I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you’re making a horror film doesn’t mean you can’t make an artful film. Tell me the difference between someone’s favorite horror film and someone else’s favorite art film. There really isn’t any, you know. Emotions, imagery, intellect, your own sense of self—all of this can be included in a horror film." — David Cronenberg
"I do feel like the same director [who made Shivers and The Fly], though more mature and more confident in my filmmaking. But I’ve done certain things and I don’t feel the need to do them again. I don’t mean that in terms of genre. I don’t think: I must never do another horror film because I’m a more established artist. I wouldn’t hesitate to do another horror film if it was interesting enough. But a lot of the things proposed to me are so influenced by my earlier work that it would feel like a remake. In fact, remakes of most of my movies have been suggested. That’s not gonna happen. But I haven’t turned my back on genre filmmaking, it’s just that I don’t want to bore myself.”
February 4, 1983 — David Cronenberg’s Videodrome opens in theaters.
"I used to watch [TV] a lot as a kid, and that’s where the idea for Videodrome came from. We had this rotating antenna, and when all the networks went off the air, you could rotate your antenna and pick up some strange things, like from Buffalo, Queens, Toronto, the Great Lakes. They’d be these fascinating, kind of shadowy and mysterious programs, and you weren’t sure whether half of what you were seeing was your imagination or reality.” — David Cronenberg