Horror Flick of the Week: Scanners (1981)


Cronenberg. Great actor? Absolutely not. Amazing director? You bet your ass he is. I honestly can’t think of one of his films that could be remade, an even come close to matching how fun (and often times disturbing) his movies are. Scanners is not my favorite on the list, but I do enjoy it, and I do think it’s worth checking out for anybody with a love of physical effects.

In his movies, there tends to be a distaste for authority, for those in control of the big picture. But what made me pick Scanners for this week’s featured film? Part of it is the fact that it will be playing at Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels on May 12, and it’s really worth seeing if you get the chance. The other part is because sometimes you’ve just got to figure out a way to get your non-horror friends to watch a horror movie. As far as campy classics go, this one is tame enough for the novice, and still wild enough to be entertaining.


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