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Scanners (1981)

Evil Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside) and derelict Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) are the leaders of two rival groups of telepaths – or “scanners” – in this modern horror classic from Canadian writer/director David Cronenberg, in which he seamlessly blends the genres of science fiction and conspiracy thriller into an exhilarating ride.


While the stunning (and occasionally stomach-churning) set pieces, such as the exploding heads, and the final apocalyptic battle will delight genre fans, it’s Cronenberg’s fascination with the horrors lurking within the human body and our inability to control them that provides the real interest in this landmark movie.

It was followed by two sequels and two spin-off films.

Cameron Vale
Stephen Lack
Kim Obrist
Jennifer O’Neill
Dr Paul Ruth
Patrick McGoohan
Braedon Keller
Lawrence Dane
Chuck Shamata
Arno Crostic
Adam Ludwig
scanners4Darryl Revok
Michael Ironside
Dr Gatineau
Victor Desy
Mavor Moore
Benjamin Pierce
Robert Silverman

David Cronenberg