Scanners (1981)

There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created... and they are winning.

Original Title : Scanners
Director : David Cronenberg
Writer : David Cronenberg
Genre : Horror
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Pierre David , Claude Héroux , Victor Solnicki
Music : Howard Shore
Photography : Mark Irwin
IMDB ID : 0081455
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Scanners (1981) - David Cronenberg


Jennifer O'Neill Kim Obrist, Scanner
Stephen Lack Cameron Vale, Scanner
Patrick McGoohan Doctor Paul Ruth, Psychopharmacist
Lawrence Dane Braedon Keller, CONSEC Director of Internal Security
Michael Ironside Darryl Revok, Scanner Leader/Head of Biocarbon Amalgamte Drug Lab
Robert A. Silverman Benjamin Pierce, Crazy Scanner Sculptor
Lee Broker Security One
Mavor Moore Trevellyan, CONSEC Chairman
Adam Ludwig Arno Crostic, Art Gallery Owner
Murray Cruchley Lee, CONSEC Programmer 1
Fred Doederlein Dieter Tautz, Yoga Master
Géza Kovács Killer in Record store
Sony Forbes Killer in Attic
Jérôme Tiberghien Killer in Attic
Denis Lacroix Killer in Barn
Elizabeth Mudry Killer in Barn
Victor Désy Dr. Gatineau
Louis Del Grande First Scanner
Anthony Sherwood Scanner in Attic
Ken Umland Scanner in Attic
Anne Anglin Scanner in Attic
Jock Brandis Scanner in Attic
Jack Messinger Scanner at Door
Victor Knight Dr. L. Frane
Karen Fullerton Pregnant Girl in Frane's Waiting Room
Margaret Gadbois Woman in Mall
Terrance P. Coady Security 1 Car Passenger (as Terry Coady
Steve Michaels Security 1 Car Driver
Malcolm Nelthorpe Ray, Security 2 Car Driver
Nicholas Kilbertus Security 2 Car Partner
Don Buchsbaum Large Man in Mall
Roland Nincheri Large Man in Mall
Kimberly McKeever Hallucinating Guard
Robert Boyd Hallucinating Guard
Graham Batchelor Yoga Technician
Dean Hagopian CONSEC Programmer 2
Alex Stevens CONSEC Programmer 3
Neil Affleck Medical Student in Mall rest of cast listed alphabetically
Sam Stone Security Guard (uncredited


Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds, they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement.


Not as good as a lot of other Cronenberg films, but good enough "Scanners" came somewhat as a dissapointment to me.It started out really well, but after that there were too many slow spots for it to be a great movie.It was still a descent Cronenberg film though, but dont expect anything like "The Fly"(1986), "Videodrome"(1983), or even "eXistenZ"(1999), it must also be mentioned that the acting is sometimes downright awful.Overall, if you like Cronenberg, you might be dissapointed, but it's still an OK film.6 out of 10.