Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Scanners is a movie I didn't really like when I saw it as a twelve-year-old, and because of that first impression, it's not one of the Cronenberg movies I've ever felt the need to come back to again and again. I've seen it again once or twice over the years, and while I can admire parts of it now, I'm still kind of turned off by its cheapness, bad acting, and overall...Canadianness. (And I don't mean that in a purely negative way. Canada is awesome! Just that it has a kind of foreignness that's a tad off putting and depressing to me. I have the same reaction to a lot of British movies.)

As far as I can tell, we didn't go see this in a theater. It came out in 1981, but I couldn't find a listing for it at any rep houses on April 24th, so I likely saw it on video.

Ultimately, I probably watched the movie just for that one famous moment--we all know what it is--and that is certainly my go-to image whenever I get a migraine, and anyone asks what that feels like.

So, with that, please to enjoy the best 10 seconds found in the movie Scanners.

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