Scanners Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 5407

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 118

Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1981

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

MPAA Rating: R

Director: David Cronenberg

Actors: Michael Ironside, Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Robert A. Silverman

Plot: Scanners are powerful psychics able to control the minds of others - to the point of death if necessary. An underground group of scanners seeks control of the world, while a rival group seeks to destroy the movement by using a rogue scanner against his own.

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Rating of
3/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 08/23/2019

What it lacks in meaningfulness and convincing acting it makes up for with great practical effects and B-movie appeal. "Scanners" doesn't let low budget get in the way of its cult classic berserk psychics horror story.

Rating of
3/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/28/2014

This movie has a head blowing off and it was awesome. But the movie itself was alright.

Rating of
2/4

Yojimbo - wrote on 06/24/2012

Famous for it's exploding head scene, this film is far more restrained than you would think. It's obviously very low budget, and the effects and performances reflect the fact, but it has some interesting ideas and a fine ending.

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cinegeek.de - wrote on 07/05/2016

Scanners von David Cronenberg könnte ein wirklich guter Horror Film sein -würde er nur versuchen, uns ein bisschen mehr zu treffen. Scanners macht aber keine Anstalten in diese Richtung. Es ist dem Film egal, wer lebt oder stirbt, wer gewinnt oder verliert. Der visuelle Stil, die elegante Ästhetik, damit beschäftigt sich David Cronenberg. Es war der vierte Film des Kanadiers, der damals bereits eine Art Kult hinter sich versammelt hatte mit seinen Low Budget Produktionen, die jedes Mal vollkommen neue Wege bestritten. Diesmal weist er uns in eine Gruppe ein, die "Scanners" heissen. Sie können mit ihren Gedanken in die Gehirne anderer eindringen und sich so sogar duellieren. Ein solch mentaler Kampf kann sogar dazu führen, Schädel zum Platzen zu bringen. Ein interessanter Film …

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Rating of
2.5/4

Scanners

dukeakasmudge - wrote on 06/20/2015

Maybe I judged this movie too soon.I saw Scanners on VHS at the local Goodwill Outlet store but really had no interest in watching it so I threw it back in the bin.Lately I've been seeing it on the free movie channel so I decided to give it a go &..... It turned out to be an OK movie.It's definitely interesting & something I'd tell whoever to go see at least once.The exploding head at the start of the movie, Wow.That was 1 of the grossest but coolest (I feel wrong for saying that) things I've seen in a Horror flick.The rest of Scanners was solid with alot of really nice special effects.The ending kinda fell off for me but I don't know why.I don't know if it caught me off guard or I just didn't get it.The eyeballs part was gross as well & if you watched this movie, You know what I mean.If …

Daniel Corleone
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Rating of
2.5/4

Scanners review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/20/2012

Freak of nature, born with a certain form of ESP; derangement of the synapses which we call telepathy. - a description of s Scanner. A type of film where the innovative enticing premise is buried by lousy acting and a dull script. This could have been an effective horror but because of its complex intricacies, countless explanations were needed. Lack of interesting figures makes this picture almost unwatchable. If only there were persuasive and likable characters and a bigger budget and time for production, this would have been better. Scanners may not have a high entertainment value with regards to character development/dialogue, it's still one of the memorable works from the master of gore which incorporates themes of technology and morality.

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