Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1981 Horror / Occult
movie starring Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside
, Patrick McGoohan et al.
Scanners' most famous scene used a plaster dummy and goats for the exploding head... A shotgun was used to shoot at the dummy's head causing the now famous head explosion.
"My films are not the children of nightmares or daydreams. They come from the philosophical discourses I have with myself," explained Cronenberg.
William S. Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch" contains a chapter concerning "Senders," a hostile organization of telepaths bent on world domination, a clear literary inspiration for this film.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
The death of the first scanner (Victor Del Grande) was filmed in two different ways: the theatrical release has Revok (Michael Ironside) causing his head to explode; an alternative take, featured in television versions, shows him dying of a grotesque heart attack instead...