Back in 1983, though, test audiences were a bit more skeptical. Over at The Current, The Criterion Collection is celebrating David Cronenberg's 69th birthday with an absolutely hilarious blog post of test audience comment cards from a "SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW" of the director's 1983 film "Videodrome." You need to go to the post to enjoy all nine hilarious cards, but here's just one to give you a sense of the, let's say, "reserved" response to the film:
"Now, wait a minute. Did you dislike that it sucked? Or would you like the fact that it sucked changed? I need some clarification here."
Happy birthday David Cronenberg! In your honor, I will attempt to pull a flesh gun out of a slimy orifice in my chest. And if that doesn't work, I'll just watch "Videodrome" again.