Scanners (1981) IMDb

Creators

David Cronenberg (writer-director).

Categorization

Iconic schlock because it actually features heads that seem to explode spontaneously; one clip in particular has been used by comedy outlets like The Daily Show (1996) as shorthand for traumatic incongruence.

Subject

237 people are “scanners” with psychic powers. One is sent to kill others.

Commentary

Disturbingly obtuse casting for the role of Je-, uh, the hero. Apocalyptic mood does not materialize.

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