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Horror, Sci-Fi






David Cronenberg


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





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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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Matthew Brady 08/28/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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

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Yojimbo 06/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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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Moviehead 04/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Theme is maybe even more interesting than any other Cronenberg film i have seen, but it ended as one of his weakest horrors. But still it is very good horror film, interesting all the time with impressive scenes. It is also well directed, like all his films with dark atmosphere. Biggest problem i guess is writting, not really dialogs, wich were good, but entire story. It could be much more fun and intriguing because theme is really interesting. Good film, not perfect, entertaining, not as much as it could be, but still better than most of sf and horror films.

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07/05/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


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 hä...


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06/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


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 wha...

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11/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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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