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3.5
2,234 Ratings

Scanners

Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, 1981
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis

A race of telepaths with the ability to ‘scan’ other humans can read people’s thoughts, control their movement and even take over their consciousness. Most Scanners are harmless, however, there’s one Scanner who’s none too nice, and becomes hellbent on building a psychic army to take over the world.

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Scanners Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Genie Awards

1982 | 8 nominations including: Best Motion Picture

Watching from the sidelines is the Cronenbergian monster-sculptor (Robert Silverman), a “telepathic curiosity” hiding in a giant stone noggin in his expressionistic atelier. (He taps his temples: “My art… keeps me sane.”) The mind and its visceral spillage, the swirling gray matter that turns crimson before a stupefied audience, a Dalí gag (Tête Raphaëlesque éclatée).
September 28, 2015
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Scanners ages well. In a cinema presently glutted with pandering hero fantasies of the “one” who’s meant to liberate us from corrupt drudgery, it’s refreshing to revisit a movie that looks upon such pat optimism with contempt. Angry, narratively pared, and memorably lit in shades of industrial fugue-state gray by cinematographer Mark Irwin, the film certainly fulfills Cronenberg’s narrow design, which is also the rub.
July 16, 2014
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Every special effect is an idea, and Scanners packs some gnarly hypotheses. The notorious exploding head sequence, originally planned as the opening scene and an object of consternation for the MPAA, is both an outrageous demonstration of telepathic power run amok and the crystallization of a rigorous thematic.
July 07, 2014
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