Scanners | David Cronenberg | CA 1981 | 99 Min | DCP

Part of An Evening with Michael Ironside

David Cronenberg’s commercial breakthrough film may have oozed its way into our (pop-)cultural memory because of FX whiz Chris Walas’s superbly realized head explosion. But it also represents an overall evolution of the director’s signature soft spot for mutations. Scanners are people with unusual telepathic and/or telekinetic powers who are either exploited by the industrial complex or, like Michael Ironside’s highly charismatic terrorist leader Darryl Revok, have withdrawn into the militant underground, where they plan to topple the world order—visionary! (mk)

In attendance of Michael Ironside (actor)

David Cronenberg
Cronenberg, David has single-handedly shaped the body horror genre with cult classics like Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly or eXistenZ. However, he is equally known for his dramas, which include A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and, of course, Naked Lunch. Born in 1943, he is the recipient of a myriad of prizes, including the Cannes Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the honorary Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018. His movies have garnered a dedicated following and inspired generations of young filmmakers.
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Language eOV
Cast Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane
Writer David Cronenberg
Editing Ronald Sanders
Cinematography Mark Irwin