There are 237 scanners in the world… and we can thank yet another experiment gone awry for that.

When administered to pregnant women, the experimental drug ephemerol causes their fetuses to develop deadly telekinetic powers. Well now those fetuses are adults, and their lives pretty much suck.

Most can’t control their powers and have been driven to the fringes of society. But scanners are powerful– they can make people’s heads explode among other things– and everyone wants a piece of that. Enter ConSec, a weapons and security company, and Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), who himself is a scanner.

Stuck in the middle is another scanner, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), who ends up with some surprising ties to both Revok and the doctor who started this whole mess by inventing ephemerol.

For fans of Cronenberg, Scanners calls back to his very first feature-length effort, Stereo, in which we’re introduced to characters with telepathic powers of unknown origins. For those who have never heard of David Cronenberg (shame on you!), there’s no doubt you’ve seen the infamous head exploding scene from Scanners.

Come see it in all its full bloody glory on a big screen at Beyond Fest (and see if you can make out the leftover burgers used in the explosion)!

Annette DiGiovanni

Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada
Runtime: 103 min.
Year: 1981

 

 Part of “The Shaping of Rage”: One ticket price for the full, four-film marathon!

September 29
3:30 pm (8h)

Egyptian Theatre: Hulu Screen

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