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Scanners

Theatrical poster for Scanners
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Claude Héroux
Written by David Cronenberg
Starring Michael Ironside
Jennifer O'Neill
Stephen Lack
Patrick McGoohan
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Editing by Ronald Sanders
Distributed by Avco-Embassy Pictures
Release date(s) January 14, 1981
Running time 103 min.
Country Flag of Canada Canada
Language English
Budget $3,500,000 (est.)
Followed by Scanners II: The New Order
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Scanners is a 1981 action / science fiction / horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1146x1712, 261 KB) Summary Box art for the 1981 David Cronenberg film, Scanners. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Michael Ironside (born Frederick Reginald Ironside[1] on February 12, 1950) is a Canadian character actor. ... Jennifer ONeill Jennifer ONeill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress and author. ... Stephen Lack (born 1946) is a Canadian painter and a film actor best known for his role as the lead character, Cameron Vale, in David Cronenbergs film Scanners. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... Mark Irwin is a prolific Canadian cinematographer. ... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ...

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Plot

Scanners are people with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, with a total of 236 of them documented by ConSec, a corporation specializing in weaponry and security systems. ConSec, in an attempt to exploit their talents, captures 35-year-old Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) at a mall; he supposedly possesses tremendous scanner power, but has become a derelict through inability to cope with the overload of hearing others' thoughts. Meanwhile, ConSec's last scanner is murdered at a press conference by scanner renegade Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside) in the infamous exploding head scene. Revok escapes, killing five people in the process. Telepathy from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the supposed ability to communicate information from one mind to another, and is one form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Stephen Lack (born 1946) is a Canadian painter and a film actor best known for his role as the lead character, Cameron Vale, in David Cronenbergs film Scanners. ... Michael Ironside (born Frederick Reginald Ironside[1] on February 12, 1950) is a Canadian character actor. ... For the medical condition, see Exploding head syndrome. ...


Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), the Head of ConSec's Scanner Section, decides to infiltrate the Scanner Underworld by "converting" a scanner (the recently-captured Vale) and sending him to find Revok and report back to ConSec. A new Head of Security, Braedon Keller (Lawrence Dane) is at the same time welcomed to ConSec. Dr. Ruth tells Vale that scanners can suppress their telepathic powers by injecting themselves with the drug ephemerol, and sends him to find Revok. The only lead is Benjamin Pierce (Robert A. Silverman), a sociopathic artist who tried to kill his family at the age of 10. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Robert A. Silverman is one of several actors often cast by writer/director David Cronenberg. ...


After discovering Pierce's address in a gallery exhibiting his morbid sculptures, Vale goes to visit him, finding him living in isolation in the country. While there, Revok, intent on killing all scanners, sends four assassins with shotguns to dispatch Pierce. Pierce is shot, and Vale, from his hiding place, flings the assassins into unconsciousness. As Pierce is dying, Vale scans his mind and obtains information on where to find other scanners.


At the new address, Vale meets Kim Obrist (Jennifer O'Neill) and several other scanners who have adjusted to their powers by forming a mutual telepathic circle. Before long, the party is ambushed by Revok's two surviving assassins, who are killed by Obrist. In the ensuing escape, all scanners are killed save for Vale and Obrist, who find out where Revok can be found. Jennifer ONeill Jennifer ONeill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress and author. ...


Vale infiltrates Revok's Ripe Program and finds out a large quantity of ephemerol being delivered somewhere. He and Kim go back to ConSec to inform Dr. Ruth. They find out that there's a traitor in the company - Keller - who kills Dr. Ruth by Revok's orders. Vale and Obrist escape by scanning the ConSec guards, and infiltrate Ripe Program through a payphone. In a last attempt to kill Vale, Keller orders a group of scientists to make the program self-destruct as Vale is plugged to it, but the plan backfires, and the laboratory blows up, killing Keller in the explosion.


Vale and Kim visit Dr. Frane, who has been prescribing the drug ephemerol to pregnant women. In the waiting room, Kim is shocked to find that she has been scanned by an unborn baby. As they leave his office, they are ambushed by Revok and shot with anaesthetic darts. When Vale wakes up, he is in Revok's house. He is told by Revok that they are brothers, sons of the late Dr. Ruth, and that scanners were the result of pregnant women taking ephemerol as a drug. Revok reveals his plan to distribute ephemerol and make an army of scanners to take over the world, inviting Vale to join him. He refuses, and they engage in a gory scanner duel, where they mutilate each other through mind control, apparently to the point of mutual destruction.


As Kim wakes up several hours later in the next room, she finds Vale's incinerated body on the floor. Revok is cowering in a corner, hidden under Vale's jacket. He then reveals that he now has Vale's blue eyes (and is missing the characteristic scar between the eyebrows) uttering his last words, "We've won" in Vale's voice. It seems to be implied that during their battle Vale was somehow able to switch minds, leaving Vale inside Revok's body and Revok dead in Vale's now destroyed body.


Cast

  • Stephen Lack as Cameron Vale
  • Michael Ironside as Darryl Revok
  • Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Paul Ruth, psychopharmacist
  • Jennifer O'Neill as Kim Obrist
  • Lawrence Dane as Braedon Keller
  • Robert A. Silverman as Benjamin Pierce
  • Lee Broker as Security One
  • Mavor Moore as Trevellyan
  • Adam Ludwig as Arno Crostic
  • Murray Cruchley as Programmer 1
  • Fred Doederlein as Dieter Tautz
  • Géza Kovács as Killer in Record Store
  • Sony Forbes as Killer in Attic
  • Jérôme Tiberghien as Killer in Attic
  • Denis Lacroix as Killer in Barn

Stephen Lack (born 1946) is a Canadian painter and a film actor best known for his role as the lead character, Cameron Vale, in David Cronenbergs film Scanners. ... Michael Ironside (born Frederick Reginald Ironside[1] on February 12, 1950) is a Canadian character actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jennifer ONeill Jennifer ONeill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress and author. ... Robert A. Silverman is one of several actors often cast by writer/director David Cronenberg. ... James Mavor Moore, C.C., B.A., D.Litt. ...

Production

The story is structured as a futuristic thriller, involving industrial espionage and intrigue, car chases, conspiracies, and shoot-outs (including a gruesome scanner duel between Vale and Revok at the end). It was the nearest thing to a conventional sci-fi thriller Cronenberg had made up to that point, lacking the sexual content of Shivers, Rabid or The Brood; it was also his most profitable film until The Fly six years later. The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Human sexuality is the expression of sexual feelings. ... Shivers (also known as The Parasite Murders & They Came from Within) is a 1975 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. ... This article is about the 1977 film. ... The Brood is a 1979 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. ... The Fly is a 1986 science fiction film produced by Brooksfilms and Twentieth Century Fox Television, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. ...


Because of the oddities of Canada's film financing structures at the time, it was necessary to begin shooting with only two weeks' pre-production work, before the screenplay had been completed. As a result, Cronenberg has said, Scanners was a nightmare to make. Pre-production is the process of preparing all the elements involved in a film, play, or other performance. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ...


Master make-up artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist) provided the spectacular prosthetic make-up effects for the exploding head and the climatic scanner duel. This article is about the Australian entrepreneur. ... The Exorcist is a horror novel written by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971. ...


Cameron Vale and Kim Obrist's children (David Kellum and Julie Vale) are shown in the sequel to this movie.


References in other media

  • The 1976-1984 sketch-comedy series SCTV included a recurring sketch titled Farm Film Report in which Big Jim McBob (Joe Flaherty) and Billy Sol Hurok (John Candy) satirized conventional film review programs, using a stereotypical redneck slant. Consistently, their favorite film was Scanners, with all other films comparing unfavorably. The sketch routinely closed with the salute to the audience: "May the Good Lord watch over you, and blow ya up real soon!"
  • In the 1992 movie Wayne's World, at one point Garth freezes while on TV, prompting an onlooker to comment, "Ever see that scene in Scanners when that dude's head blew up?"
  • In a 1993 episode, 511-"Gunslinger", of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dr. Clayton Forrester offers "The Scanner Planner" (which, of course, deals with blowing up people's heads a la Daryl Revok) as his end of the episode's "invention exchange". Dr. Forrester then proceeds to use the lessons taught in "The Scanner Planner" to blow up first Tom Servo's head, and then (by the end of the episode) TV's Frank's head. The cover of the planner features the iconic image of Michael Ironside as Daryl Revok, as he is shown during the film's climactic "Scanner battle".
  • In the 1995 movie Tommy Boy, Richard (David Spade) states "Did anyone see Scanners?" when he realizes the orders have been cancelled.
  • A 1996 episode of Saturday Night Live featured a sketch titled "Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters". Jim Carrey poses as "Jimmy Tango", a formerly obese man who lost weight through the use of crystal meth and a vibrating heat bead suit. Jimmy interviews members of the crowd, some of which have already started using his "program". One member (played by Will Ferrell) claims to be the devil, at which point Jimmy baits him into fighting with the phrase "talk is cheap, scan me" and the two begin having a scanner battle, ending with Ferrell bleeding from the scalp and begging Jimmy to stop.

Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Second City Television, or SCTV, was a Canadian television sketch comedy show offshoot from the Toronto troupe of The Second City. ... Joe Flaherty Joe Flaherty (June 21, 1941) is an American Canadian comedian. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... This article is about a stereotypical description. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the SNL sketch. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester (left) and Frank Conniff as TVs Frank). ... Tom Servo Tom Servo is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). ... Dr. Clayton Forrester (left) and TVs Frank. ... Michael Ironside (born Frederick Reginald Ironside[1] on February 12, 1950) is a Canadian character actor. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For the record company, see Tommy Boy Records. ... David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actor, comedian, television personality who gained fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... SNL could mean: Saturday Night Live Scots National League This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant drug which induces a strong feeling of euphoria and is highly psychologically addictive. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... This is an overview of the Devil. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Singles from Poodle Hat Released: May, 2003 Released: January 13, 2006 Poodle Hat is the eleventh album by Weird Al Yankovic. ...

Sequels

Scanners also has sequels, a series of spinoffs, and a remake is in the works. None of these projects have involved Cronenberg. For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ...


Sequels

  • Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
  • Scanners III: The Takeover (1992)

Spinoffs

  • Scanner Cop (1994)
  • Scanners:The Showdown (a.k.a. Scanner Cop II) (1995)

Remake

As of February 2007, Darren Lynn Bousman (director of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV) will direct a remake of the film, which will be released by Dimension Films. David S. Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins, will script the film, and the movie itself is planned for a late 2008 release. Darren Lynn Bousman is a film director born on January 11, 1979 originally from Overland Park, Kansas. ... Saw II is a 2005 horror film. ... Saw III is the third installment in the Saw series. ... Saw IV is the fourth installment in the Saw series. ... Dimension Films is a motion picture unit currently a part of The Weinstein Company. ... David S. Goyer is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and film director. ... For the video game based on the film, see Batman Begins (video game). ...


External links


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