BBC iPlayer: Scanners (1981)

on Sunday, May 16, 2010
[Watch - until 5:59am, Sunday 23rd May 2010] (UK users only)

Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan

Scanners (1981) BBC iPlayer
Synopsis: "Innovative sci-fi horror story about a group of people with the ability to control other people's minds and bodies, with often fatal results. The powers - the result of a thalidomide-like drug given to a group of pregnant women - are being used for evil purposes by a child of the experiment. His brother is recruited by the doctor behind the original project to stop the evil sibling and his fellow scanners." (

"Their thoughts can kill". Let's be honest, David Cronenberg is fairly ridiculous at the best of times and 'Scanners' is no exception. Very much a cult classic, mainly for the scene with the exploding body part. But there are also plenty of other impressive effects on show and it's worth watching 'Scanners' for those scenes alone.

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