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Scanners Reviews

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½ September 23, 2015
This would have been majorly good. But one major deatail hampers it; The acting. Beyond hammy. Then again its so hammy i Wonder if its not part of the whole strange appeal, the dreamy and dark atmosphere is brought to a new levity by how leaden they all are. But the lead is just Uber Hammy. A flaw that defines whats best? maybe. or not. still, 100% Worth your time, if you like it offbeat, otherworldly and smotheringly 80's cold war and tech paranoia.
September 22, 2015
There is almost certainly an invisible government black op on standby & out on the prowl for any of these anomolous scanner types who are extremely rare if they exist at all. This movie makes clear why they would be compelled to either control & if not kill them.
September 9, 2015
Besides the excellent head exploding scene in the beginning and the "scanoff" scene in the end, Scanners annoys its viewers with nothing special in between.
August 9, 2015
The grisly special effects (exploding heads and all) are the most impressive thing about the film, but they're in service to a premise that, while interesting, doesn't make much sense and to characters that lack depth.
½ August 5, 2015
Early Cronenberg remains compelling even after all these years just for the sheer freaky vision that the man possessed for capturing disturbing body horror images onscreen, and that's still a helluva opening scene, even 20+ years later.

Well worth a look.
June 24, 2015
Cronenberg ahead of the curve again. Features memorable scene of Louis Del Grande's head exploding but marred by a dull lead in Stephen Lack. Deeper than what appears on the surface, touching on society's attitude toward mental illness and railing against pharma companies' drugs and their side effects. Cronenberg in his prime.
½ June 16, 2015
At both times muted and immensely imaginative, this Cronenberg body-horror-opus is a visually unblemished scifi funhouse. Scene after scene of impressive effects and goofily fun macabre.
½ June 14, 2015
This was actually my first time watching this Canadian Horror classic and I enjoyed it. It looked great on blu-ray and loved the practical special effects. The acting was a little stiff and the story was nothing special, but the film was enjoyable enough for fans of the genre and it was fun spotting different locations around Toronto. For Cronenberg or genre fans only.
June 13, 2015
feels like a william burroughs story brought to life(maybe a little pulpier than that); not an easy task.
May 15, 2015
Gory special effects (from a pre-CGI era) laden telekinetic sci-fi thiller. While dated, it is a cult classic that deserves a remake.
April 19, 2015
Another great film by David Cronenberg that blends body horror with conspiracy thriller. The make-up effects by Dick Smith are outstanding but Michael Ironside's performance stole the film.
½ April 9, 2015
Not a gore fan but this movie is the gore.....a decent story would have been nice though.
March 30, 2015
Another great Cronenberg classic, Scanners is a fully realized world of sci-fi horror, that if it were made today would be a franchise. I absolutely loved the world of Scanners, and even though it drags on a little while too long, Cronenberg is such a master storyteller when it comes to genre-bending horror films that you can't help but remain fully engaged the entire time. With a great villain like Michael Ironside, I couldn't wait to see a final showdown between the scanners. The rules of the universe are clearly laid out and explained, the powers seem fully realized, and the performers seem to believe every aspect of the film. Even 25 years later, Scanners is a thrilling adventure.
March 8, 2015
Probably my favorite Cronenberg movie. Not as gross as the movie poster might suggest but still brutal enough for the gorehounds.
½ February 24, 2015
One of those flicks that deserved to be shown at a drive-in, with kids coming back another day to actually watch the film. A B-list classic.
February 21, 2015
Scanners is a very fun thriller from David Cronenberg. I love the style of the film, from the set design to the music. Everything looks like it was pulled directly from a computer magazine from the 80's. The acting is pretty good for the most part. The only unfortunate exception would be the lead who is quite stiff and gives awkward line deliveries. Though maybe not Cronenbergs best work, it is very entertaining and definitely a must see for fans of his films.
½ February 17, 2015
Famous for the gratuitous head explosions, this was a very ambitious film with unique ideas. As bold and entertaining as it is, however, it did disappoint on a number of expectations. I thought a film famous for head explosions would be a bit more violent, but it's more of a psychological film. It's kind of a good thing, considering the violence that actually happens in the film, but the pacing made the film feel like it came and went a little too quickly. Perhaps this is because David Cronenberg, the film's director, opted for this to be a film that progressively turned into a mystery thriller, as opposed to a straightforward horror film, which could have actually worked much better. Meanwhile, the subtle performances of the characters manage to capture the serious tone of the film with a little more of a nuanced direction than the thrills. If the film succeeds in any area, it's the darkly subtle style that the film displays, and the head explosions don't disappoint. It's not as great as some horror fans might make it out to be, but I actually like it. It's a good film, but it disappoints to the extent that it leaves me wanting more.
January 19, 2015
An interesting story but terrible acting and poor production.

Central plot was intriguing. Man discovers he has telekinetic powers, gets recruited by company to harness his powers in a fight against a rival organisation (run by an uber-telekineticist). Investigations, mind-games, confrontations and action ensue.

Despite the decent plot, it feels rushed towards the end. Final scene comes out of the blue.

Two things stopped this from being a much better movie, and potential sci fi classic. Firstly, the performances are horrendously bad. There is hardly a credible performance to be seen. Patrick McGoohan and Jennifer O'Neill are probably the best of the lot and they're just so-so. Stephen Lack is pretty dull in the lead role, and Michael Ironside goes in the opposite direction, overacting as the bad guy.

Furthermore, this movie contains some of the worst bit-part acting you'll see in a mainstream movie. eg The guy who falls backward before being shot!

Second negative aspect: the production. Everything seems cheap and B-grade. Worst of all is the sound. It feels as if the dialogue was dubbed into the movie, and not synced very well with the actors' lips - it's that bad.

Overall: reasonably entertaining and not a total waste of time. Plus you get to see the famous exploding head scene...
January 6, 2015
A Thought-Provoking And Compelling Sci-Fi Horror Gem!
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