SCANNERS (telepathy 2000) (1981 CANADA) D/W: DAVID CRONENBERG P: CLAUDE HEROUX
Stephen Lack is a "scanner", one of many children who`s mothers were used as guinea pigs for an experimental new birth control drug. Patrick MacGoohan is the scientist who employs Lack to track down other mutant scanners who have formed a terrorist underground led by untouchable psycho executive Michael Ironside (always worth watching). Unfortunately Cronenberg`s usualy meticilous writing seems to be off-track here and there are several loop-holes in logic that you just wouldn`t expect from him. That said, it is a sometimes involving thriller and fans loved it not so much for the story, but the exceptional Dick Smith FX. The exploding heads are good, but the best use of this painful looking gore is the final psychic duel between Lack and Ironside. With Jennifer O`Neill, Lawrence Dane and Sam Stone. It was very succesful and led to several sequels. Cronenberg made VIDEODROME next.

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