Scanners

1981, Sci-fi, 1h 42m

41 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Scanners is a dark sci-fi story with special effects that'll make your head explode. Read critic reviews

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Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. There are many who exercise the benefits of their special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. However, there is a group of renegade scanners who plan to create a race that will rule the world.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Lack
Cameron Vale
Patrick McGoohan
Doctor Paul Ruth
Lawrence Dane
Braedon Keller
Adam Ludwig
Arno Crostic
Victor Désy
Dr. Gatineau
Mavor Moore
Trevellyan
Robert A. Silverman
Benjamin Pierce
Pierre David
Executive Producer
Victor Solnicki
Executive Producer
Howard Shore
Original Music
Mark Irwin
Cinematographer
Ronald Sanders
Film Editing
Carol Spier
Art Director
Delphine White
Costume Design
Constant Natale
Hair Stylist
Don Buchsbaum
Production Manager
Jim Kaufman
First Assistant Director
Jean Bourret
Property Master
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  • Jun 25, 2016
    Excellent story-line and I wished it should have more to it.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2016
    Watching this I try to imagine Cronenberg's directing his lead actors: "I need you to look as if you're trying to blow somebody's head off ... by only thinking about it." I try to imagine his actors processing that direction: "What exactly does THAT look like? What does this guy want?" All about big government conspiracy, and the rebellion against that, this is some big fun if you can get over the age of the work.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    Gore abound and while an interesting concept it is very slow going!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jun 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 not, You've been warned.I'm glad I watched Scanners but I'm not kicking myself for putting it back it in the bin
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