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"Scanners" tells the story of Cameron Vale, a man who has spent most of his life in a perpetual fog. Roaming through the streets of the city as a homeless person, Vale suffers from a plethora of voices constantly yammering away in his head. He cannot hold a job or have a regular life with this problem, so he copes the best way he can by always staying on the run.Read more ›
In 1981, Cronenberg moves from the purely physical horror to one where the technology man was forever trying to create and achieve perfection would turn on the biological aspect of the human condition. This new form of techno-organic mutation was as terrifying as it was seductive in its potential to those afflicted with it. Cronenberg begins this phase in his filmmaking voice with his excellent, underappreciated and cult-classic Scanners.
The premise for Scanners had alot in common with Stephen King's novel Firestarter in the fact that in dealt with an omnipresent and powerful organization: the CIA's shadowy branch that dealt with experimental weapons programs for Firestarter and the ultra-powerful CONSEC multinational corporation in Scanners. These two organizations experiment on random select individuals using experimental drug treatments under the guise of helpful medications. What results from these experiments are more than what was truly expected by their handlers.Read more ›
This basically does boil down to a battle of 'pacifist vs. warhawk' (akin to Professor Xavier vs. Magneto) in the form of Cameron Vale (played by Stephen Lack) as the mild-mannered (though more than a bit troubled) mutant mind-reader (i.e. 'scanner') that is just trying to find peace with his un-requested 'powers' against the dark specter of Darryl Revok (foreboding Michael Ironside) a powerful scanner with a superiority complex and grand designs having to do with the domination of humanity!
And since this is an early Cronenberg opus, there are some patently 'gross-out' (though highly original) scenes!
In addition, the beautiful Jennifer O'Neill plays a sympathetic scanner that befriends protagonist Cameron Vale.
And the great intensely erudite Patrick McGoohan (of Classic British Spy/SciFi "Prisoner" fame) plays mastermind Dr. Paul Ruth (who shares a key familial bond with both protagonist and antagonist?!)
This is great-Original-horror-SciFi at its Best (and seriously, shares some key concepts with X-men) - but the Low-budget does show at times, and some viewers might be a bit grossed-out. But if you find other Cronenberg works intriguingly original (like the "Fly" in particular), then you will probably find much to like about this mind-bending, mind-expanding (cranium-exploding?!) outing!
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Very good movie the quality was excellent condition for it to be digitalPublished 23 days ago by Alicia Wadlington
"Scanners"(1981) was directed by David Cronenberg. This film is a sci-fi horror film about people with telepathic abilities, some of whom are being used by a rogue... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Edmonson
Outstanding Re-Mastering, Archival-Material Retrieval, and Current Recent Cast-Interviews. A Very Nice Job by Criterion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Athenaeus Alexander Dukas
Patrick McGoohan as Dr Ruth in this conspiracy movie about a special serum that opens peoples minds and can give them control over others.Published 3 months ago by Lodestone
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