DVD & Blu-ray review: Scanners (18)
David Cronenberg DVD/Blu-ray (103mins)
Friday 19 April 2013
Best not to eat anything during David Cronenberg's queasy, exploding-heads horror from 1981. Hammy, often unsettling, performances abound (Patrick McGoohan in particular) in this wild tale of scanners, a group of psychics who can lock into a person's nervous system and make their head pop.
“They're all pathetic social misfits” is how they're described by one of the many ripe villains, the most notable being Michael Ironside's deranged scanner. The medical establishment, as always with Cronenberg, gets it in the neck in this lurid, paranoia thriller.
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