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Scanners
- Jennifer O'Neill

Overview - Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. This breed of superbrains was developed as an accidental side effect of a tranquilizer administered to some women during pregnancy. Cameron Vale is one such scanner, and he, like most of those with similar powers, exercises the benefits of his special gifts in a safe and judicious manner.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. This breed of superbrains was developed as an accidental side effect of a tranquilizer administered to some women during pregnancy. Cameron Vale is one such scanner, and he, like most of those with similar powers, exercises the benefits of his special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. But a group of renegade scanners, led by the nefarious Revok, plans to create a race of telepathic ubermenschen who will rule the world. Vale must team up with a like-minded female scanner in order to thwart the plans of the fiendish gang. The protracted end game between Revok and Vale is heightened by a dark secret which is shockingly revealed just before their duel begins.

Cast List

Michael Ironside - Actor/"Scanners"
Lawrence Dane - Director/Actor
Stephen Lack - Supporting Actor
David Cronenberg - Canadian Director/Screenwriter, THE FLY (1986)
Patrick McGoohan - Actor, Director, THE PRISONER (1960s)
Paddy Fitz - Actor, Director, THE PRISONER (1960s)
Jennifer O'Neill

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515120012
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2014

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Synopsis:
Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. This breed of superbrains was developed as an accidental side effect of a tranquilizer administered to some women during pregnancy. Cameron Vale is one such scanner, and he, like most of those with similar powers, exercises the benefits of his special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. But a group of renegade scanners, led by the nefarious Revok, plans to create a race of telepathic ubermenschen who will rule the world. Vale must team up with a like-minded female scanner in order to thwart the plans of the fiendish gang. The protracted end game between Revok and Vale is heightened by a dark secret which is shockingly revealed just before their duel begins.

Notes:
Photographed in Eastmancolor on location in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film was shot in a widescreen process, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Estimated budget $4.1 million. Cronenberg previously dealt with the subject of telepathy in one of his earlier, more experimental, short films: "Stereo" (1969, Canada). "Stereo" is 63 minutes long and was shot without direct sound on black-and-white 35mm stock; a voice-over narration was written and added to the film after editing. Its story unfolds in an undesignated year in the future at a clinical institution established for the study of telepathic powers. Various cold-blooded experiments take place in this eerie institute, and the film can be seen as a deadpan satire on the humorless solemnity of scientific language and methods. As of 1993, "Stereo" was not available on video.

Reviews:
"...[The] modernistic natural locations have been exceedingly well chosen and are beautifully complimented by Mark Irwin's sharp lensing..." - 01/21/1981 Variety


"...A murky mood piece that has lingered in the memory for 15 years..." - 01/10/1997 USA Today, p.3D


"In Cronenberg's icy, insidious original the head-to-heads exude a menacing intensity..." - 09/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.91


"[W]onderfully paranoid and menacingly moody..." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.146


4 stars out of 5 -- "David Cronenberg's original 1981 cult classic remains serious sci-fi..." - 06/01/2013 Total Film


"SCANNERS may have earned Cronenberg a permanent place in the gorehound hall of fame, but it also represented an early inch into mainstream genre filmmaking." -- Grade: B - 07/16/2014 A.V. Club

 
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