Saturday, June 1, 2013

Scanners (1981)

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan

Runtime: 1:43

Rant: You can't just watch stinkeroo's. You need to watch some goodies every now and again if only to keep from killing yourself. Everyone knows David Cronenberg. If not by name, you know the movies he's done. If they aren't the horror classics: The Brood, Videodrome or The Fly, there's the Oscar nominated A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. He's one of the best. He also happens to be a sick cunt. He could make a children's film and you'd still feel like some disturbing shit is right around the corner.

"Scanners" are telepaths/telekinetics who are being grabbed up by this corporation, I guess to keep tabs on them and study them. The movie deals with a scanner who's out to kill the leader of a scanner cult. It's less horror and more of a disturbing concept, but it's considered a horror movie. There's a nice mystery feel to the whole thing and good performances, but in all honesty, a fucking head explodes. A head explodes and it's glorious.

Michael Ironside was born to be a villain. He has the creepiest smile I've ever seen in my life. Stephen Lack (the lead in the film) could have been better. He does a decent enough job, but he's one of the weaker points of the movie. By no means is it to be compared to 99% of the shitass abortion performances of the awful horror movies we all know and love (have you watched Mr. Jingles, yet?). Maybe his transition from complete nutcase to badass is pretty quick but fuck it, you need to get where you need to get. This is a classic awful horror movie.

Fun facts: This was supposed to be remade in 2008, by director Darren Lynn Bousman. He made the Saw Sequels, and the Mother's Day remake. I'm sure it would have been God awful.

Horror Film: 8
Entertainment: 8.5
Suspense: 8
Overall Rating: 8.1