Scanners 1981

One thing I love about my experience of SCANNERS is that its most notorious scene takes place pretty close to the beginning — that means, if you’re coming to it late in the game as I did, that even if you know what you probably know about SCANNERS going into it, there’s still plenty to discover. David Cronenberg is an essential filmmaker for genre fans to become acquainted with, but he isn’t necessarily the most immediately accessible — this is probably intermediate Cronenberg; not quite as straightforward as THE FLY or THE DEAD ZONE but still engaging enough to the wider audience it deserves. He’d probably hate me making the comparison but this tale of warring telekinetics is as close to a superhero movie as Cronenberg will ever get. That undersells the thematic concerns of the picture but it should indicate the rewards that await if enough attention is paid.