The production was troubled. Hasty script re-writes and failed special effects scenes that required re-shoots.
An exploding head in one scene forms the main special effect of the film.
The cast and crew are made up mainly of little known Canadians but Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan makes an appearance as a psychopharmacist!
Basically scanners are humans with the power to connect with other nervous systems over a distance using telepathy. Get it?
The film explains there are 237 scanners worldwide caused by the teratogenic side effects of a drug administered to pregnant women like thalidomide.
A private security company controls most of these scanners but what is their evil motive?
One scanner (the hero of the film) attempts to find out and stop the potential worldwide trouble starting.
Cronenburg succeeds with a story years in the moulding and the special effects scenes do work.
The IT equipment on show in the film is horrific! How did big multi national companies survive with computers with less power than a smartphone but taking up an entire room!
Well worth a look.