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Scanners (1981)
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Scanners (1981) Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement.

Movie Tagline:
There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created... and they are winning.

Title: Scanners
Release Date: January 14, 1981
Runtime: 103 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Buried.com Rating: 7.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: R

David Cronenberg

Jennifer O'Neill ...Kim Obrist
Stephen Lack ...Cameron Vale
Patrick McGoohan ...Dr. Paul Ruth
Lawrence Dane ...Braedon Keller
Michael Ironside ...Darryl Revok
Robert A. Silverman ...Benjamin Pierce (as Robert Silverman)
Lee Broker ...Security One
Mavor Moore ...Trevellyan
Adam Ludwig ...Arno Crostic
Murray Cruchley ...Programmer 1 (as Lee Murray)
Fred Doederlein ...Dieter Tautz
Geza Kovacs ...Killer in Record Store (as Geza Kovacs)
Sonny Forbes ...Killer in Attic (as Sony Forbes)
Jerome Tiberghien ...Killer in Attic (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Denis Lacroix ...Killer in Barn
Elizabeth Mudry ...Killer in Barn
Victor Desy ...Dr. Gatineau (as Victor Desy)
Louis Del Grande ...First Scanner
Anthony Sherwood ...Scanner in Attic (as Tony Sherwood)
Ken Umland ...Scanner in Attic
Anne Anglin ...Scanner in Attic
Jock Brandis ...Scanner in Attic
Jack Messinger ...Scanner at Door
Victor Knight ...Dr. Frane
Karen Fullerton ...Pregnant Girl
Margaret Gadbois ...Woman in Mall
Terrance P. Coady ...Security 1 Car Passenger (as Terry Coady)
Steve Michaels ...Security 1 Car Driver
Malcolm Nelthorpe ...Ray, Security 2 Car Driver
Nicholas Kilbertus ...Security 2 Car Partner

» [more cast members]

Pierre David
Claude Heroux
Victor Solnicki

David Cronenberg

Howard Shore

More Movie Taglines:
  • There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created... and they are winning.
  • Their thoughts can kill!
  • 10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can't Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Cameron Vale: I'm one of you. Benjamin Pierce: You're one of me? [confused] Benjamin Pierce: You're one of me?
  • Cameron Vale: You called me a scanner. What is that? Paul Ruth: Freak of nature, born with a certain form of ESP; derangement of the synapses which we call telepathy.
  • Darryl Revok: [strikes back at Cameron with scanner abilities] All right. We're gonna do this the scanner way. I'm gonna suck your brain dry! Everything you are is gonna become me. You're gonna be with me Cameron, no matter what. After all, brothers should be close, don't you think?
  • Benjamin Pierce: My art... keeps me sane. [gestures at plaster head] Benjamin Pierce: Art. [taps his temples] Benjamin Pierce: Sane.
  • Cameron Vale: Benjamin Pierce? Benjamin Pierce: Why don't you leave me alone? Cameron Vale: I need some help. You're the only one that can give it to me. Benjamin Pierce: Is that right? Me? Cameron Vale: Yes. Benjamin Pierce: [Benjamin bursts out in laughter] Then I think you're in big trouble, chump.
Movie Trivia:
  • William S. Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch" contains a chapter concerning "Senders," a hostile organization of telepaths bent on world domination, a clear literary inspiration for this film.
  • The crash scene in the record store prominently features a float hanging from the ceiling for the RSO (Robert Stigwood Organization) record label, who paid for this placement. By the time the film was released, RSO had gone out of business.
  • The exploding head scene was accomplished by filling a latex head with dog food and rabbit livers, and shooting it from behind with a 12-gauge shotgun.
  • A very early treatment from 1976, entitled "Telepathy 2000" takes place in the future, begins with the protagonist (who is named Harley Quinn) telepathically raping a woman in a subway, and was set as a spy movie. In this version, a company called Cytodyne Amalgamate was breeding evil Scanners to take over the world and the U.S. Government was employing good Scanners to stop them.
  • The Jennifer O'Neill character, Kim Obrist, is named after the assistant to the producer (Kim Obrist).
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