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This image was scanned from an original set of 8 Lobby Cards in the Northernstars Collection.

103 minutes – Science Fiction, Horror
Release date: January 14, 1981
Distributor: Avco Embassy Pictures

Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. There are many who exercise the benefits of their special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. A private security firm, ConSec, wishes to deploy “scanners” and holds a demonstration of their powers. When ConSec’s scanner turns his attention to a volunteer, it quickly becomes apparent that the volunteer is a far more powerful scanner, who causes the ConSec scanner’s head to explode, via hydrostatic shock from biopathically-increased blood pressure. When ConSec officials attempt to take the “volunteer” into custody, he kills them and escapes. Stung by this embarrassing experience, ConSec security head Braedon Keller advocates shutting down ConSec’s scanner research program. However, there is a group of renegade scanners who plan to create a race that will rule the world. The film’s focus is on an attempt by Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), a renegade scanner, to wage a war against ConSec. Another scanner, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), is dispatched by ConSec to stop Revok.

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Claude Héroux

Executive Producer:

Pierre David
Victor Solnicki


David Cronenberg


David Cronenberg


Mark Irwin


Ronald Sanders


Howard Shore

Art Director:

Carol Spier

Costume Designer:

Delphine White

Cast: Roles:

Michael Ironside
Patrick McGoohan
Jennifer O’Neill
Stephen Lack
Lawrence Dane
Robert A. Silverman
Lee Broker
Mavor Moore
Adam Ludwig
Murray Cruchley
Fred Doederlein
Géza Kovács
Sonny Forbes
Jérôme Tiberghien
Denis Lacroix
Elizabeth Mudryn
Victor Désy
Louis Del Grande
Anthony Sherwood
Ken Umland
Anne Anglin
Jock Brandis
Jack Messinger
Victor Knight
Karen Fullerton
Margaret Gadbois
Terrance P. Coady
Steve Michaels
Malcolm Nelthorpe
Nicholas Kilbertus
Don Buchsbaum
Rolland Nincheri
Kimberly McKeever
Robert Boyd
Graham Batchelor
Dean Hagopian
Alex Stevens
Neil Affleck

Darryl Revok
Dr. Paul Ruth
Kim Obrist
Cameron Vale
Braedon Keller
Benjamin Pierce
Security One
Arno Crostic
Programmer 1
Dieter Tautz
Killer in Record Store
Killer in Attic
Killer in Attic
Killer in Barn
Killer in Barn
Dr. Gatineau
First Scanner
Scanner in Attic
Scanner in Attic
Scanner in Attic
Scanner in Attic
Scanner at Door
Dr. Frane
Pregnant Girl
Woman in Mall
Security 1 Car Passenger
Security 1 Car Driver
Ray, Security 2
Security 2 Car Partner
Large Man in Mall
Large Man in Mall
Hallucinating Guard
Hallucinating Guard
Yoga Technician
CONSEC Programmer 2
CONSEC Programmer 3
Medical Student in Mall