David Cronenberg (1980)

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Our Score
Evil Michael Ironside and derelict Stephen Lack are the leaders of two rival groups of telepaths - or "scanners" - in this modern horror classic from David Cronenberg, in which he seamlessly blends the genres of science fiction and conspiracy thriller into an exhilarating ride. While the stunning (and occasionally stomach-churning) set pieces, such as the exploding heads, and the final apocalyptic battle will delight genre fans, it's Cronenberg's fascination with the horrors lurking within the human body and our inability to control them that provides the real interest in this landmark movie.


A man with dangerous psychic powers is recruited by a sinister corporation to infiltrate and destroy an underground movement led by a fanatical renegade telepath intent on taking over the world. David Cronenberg's sci-fi thriller, starring Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Ironside and Jennifer O'Neill.

Cast & Crew

Cameron Vale Stephen Lack
Kim Obrist Jennifer O'Neill
Dr Paul Ruth Patrick McGoohan
Braedon Keller Lawrence Dane
Gaudi Chuck Shamata
Arno Crostic Adam Ludwig
Darryl Revok Michael Ironside
Dr Gatineau Victor Desy
Trevellyan Mavor Moore
Benjamin Pierce Robert Silverman
Director David Cronenberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: New Realm EntertainmentsGuidance: Contains violence and some swearing.Available on: video and DVD