Portuguese Release date19 February 1984 (1984-02-19) (West Germany) WriterKlaus Maeck (screenplay), Klaus Maeck (story), Muscha, Volker Schafer, Trini Trimpop CastFM Einheit (F.M.), William Rice (Jaeger), Christiane Felscherinow (Christiana), William S. Burroughs (Old Man), Genesis P-Orridge (High Priest), Ralf Richter (Jaeger's Assistant) Similar moviesLes nenes no haurien de jugar al futbol, TRON: Legacy, Odd Thomas, Midnight Hair, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Born of Earth
Decoder 1984 trailer
Decoder is a 1984 West German film directed by Muscha. It is a cyberpunk and counter-cultural film roughly based on the writings of William S. Burroughs, who also acts in the film. Bill Rice plays Jaeger ("Hunter"), an agent of the government in charge of suppressing dissidents, while FM Einheit plays a burger shop employee who discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial "noise" music, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government.
Decoder was made on a small budget, and was written by Muscha, Klaus Maeck, Volker Schäfer, and Trini Trimpop. Nevertheless, the project was able to attract a number of notable people within the countercultural and industrial music "scenes" to perform in it. Actors included Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge, Christiane Felscherinow, and bands included Soft Cell, Psychic TV, Einstürzende Neubauten, and The The.
The film has been "oddly forgotten" and is not in wide circulation.