The title of this David Cronenberg sci-fi horror film refers to a group of people who have telekinetic powers that allow them to read minds and give them the ability to make other people's heads explode. The children of a group of women who took an experimental tranquilizer during their pregnancies, the scanners are now adults and have become outcasts from society. But Darryl (Michael Ironside) decides to create an army of scanners to take over the world. The only person who can stop him is his brother Cameron (Stephen Lack), who wants to forget that he was ever a scanner. Winner of the International Fantasy Film Award at the 1983 Fantasporto Film Festival, Scanners was followed by a pair of sequels, neither of which involved Cronenberg.~Matthew Tobey
Scanners is a cerebral horror film and has aged pretty well. Most horror buffs are familiar with the film, certainly it's most famous scene, so let's talk about the packaging. Wow! Criterion has outdone themselves with this one. Spectacular - the artwork is pretty great. If you're a fan of Criterion and their packaging, this is a must-have.
As for the film, the transfer is great. It and the extras live up to Criterion's reputation as the gold standard for film packaging. If you're on the fence, get it - it's definitely one for the collection.