David Cronenberg's sci-fi/horror classic is one of his best and has entered the phrase "scanner" into the genre's lexicon -- meaning a person with exceptional telepathic powers, usually utilized to explode people's heads, set them on fire, and cause mayhem in whatever way they can.
Scanners the movie involves a "good" scanner (Stephen Lack) recruited to end the tyranny of the rogue scanners prowling across the country and wreaking havoc by continually exploding people's heads. It's gory, fast-paced, and tons of fun despite its budget constraints -- and an absolute must-see cult classic for horror and sci-fi fans alike.
Run time: 103 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 14th January 1981
Box Office Worldwide: $14.2M
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), Filmplan, Victor Solnicki Productions
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 23 Rotten: 6
IMDB: 6.8 / 10
Director: David Cronenberg
Producer: Claude Héroux
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer O'Neill as Kim Obrist, Stephen Lack as Cameron Vale, Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Paul Ruth, Lawrence Dane as Braedon Keller, Michael Ironside as Darryl Revok, Robert A. Silverman as Benjamin Pierce (as Robert Silverman), Lee Broker as Security One, Mavor Moore as Trevellyan, Adam Ludwig as Arno Crostic, Murray Cruchley as Programmer 1 (as Lee Murray), Fred Doederlein as Dieter Tautz, Géza Kovács as Killer in Record Store (as Geza Kovacs), Sonny Forbes as Killer in Attic (as Sony Forbes), Jérôme Tiberghien as Killer in Attic (as Jerome Tiberghien), Denis Lacroix as Killer in Barn
Also starring: David Cronenberg
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with...
With a spectacular setting and two solid actors on-screen, this thriller builds enough solid suspense...
Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...
Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's...
Loose and impressionistic, this beautifully shot film traces the career of a DJ who pioneered...
Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the...
An intriguing premise keeps the audience gripped for about 20 minutes before the movie runs...