Scanners Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review

Scanners Movie

Scanners is a 1981 Hollywood Canadian science-fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’Neill, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. In the film, “scanners” are people with unusual telepathic and telekinetic powers. Here in this article, we will introduce the details of Scanners Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review.

  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  David Cronenberg
  • Screenwriter:  David Cronenberg

Scanners Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review:

  • Dylan = 9.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 8 / 10.


In a world where a special type of men with powerful psychic powers exists, a man is sent to infiltrate them and stop their plan for world domination.


Along with The FlyScanners is one of David Cronenberg’s most famous film, and one of its best one too. The science-fiction set up of the story, built around the ability of certain people to scan other people’s mind and make them go mad, is fascinating. This movie somehow reminds of an early version of the X-men series with all the questioning around the acceptation of mutant in our society, their threat to power, etc. All this greatly exploited in Scanners and really keeps the story captivating. The perspective of an army of these scanner guys and what they could do together is really intimidating.

Although there are not much action or too much gore in this film, the little that is present is worth it! The head explosion and cerebral battles are of course the highlights of this movie. I also loved the main character, a really bad-ass scanners played beautifully by Michael Ironside; a guy that really managed to give me the creep.

The overall story is great and like in most of Cronenberg’s movie, the atmosphere is bizarre and oppressive. One last word to say that the final battle is simply unforgettable, (reminding me of a DragonBall Z episode)! This movie is forever engraved in my memory because of that one scene!

Scanners (1981) Cast:

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer O’NeillKim Obrist
Stephen LackStephen LackCameron Vale (as Steven Lack)
Patrick McGoohanPatrick McGoohanDr. Paul Ruth
Lawrence DaneLawrence DaneBraedon Keller
Michael IronsideMichael IronsideDarryl Revok
Robert A. SilvermanRobert A. SilvermanBenjamin Pierce (as Robert Silverman)
Larry PerkinsLarry PerkinsSecurity One (as Lee Broker)
Mavor MooreMavor MooreTrevellyan
Adam LudwigAdam LudwigArno Crostic
Murray CruchleyMurray CruchleyProgrammer 1 (as Lee Murray)
Fred DoederleinFred DoederleinDieter Tautz
Géza KovácsGéza KovácsKiller in Record Store (as Geza Kovacs)
Sonny ForbesSonny ForbesKiller in Attic (as Sony Forbes)
Jérôme TiberghienJérôme TiberghienKiller in Attic (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Denis LacroixDenis LacroixKiller in Barn


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