History Film / Scanners

11th Mar '17 2:46:25 PM nombretomado
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The drifter, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), is delivered into the custody of Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick [=McGoohan=] of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' fame), who informs him that he is a scanner. A scanner is a person born with a derangement of their brain, giving them {{telepathy}}. They can 'scan' you. Unfortunately, this telepathy is very much of the BlessedWithSuck variety: most scanners can hear your thoughts, [[PowerIncontinence and can't block them out]]. They get {{Psychic Nosebleed}}s. They can alter your bodily functions. A particularly powerful one, like BigBad Darryl Revok (MichaelIronside) can [[YourHeadASplode blow up your head]].

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The drifter, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), is delivered into the custody of Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick [=McGoohan=] of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' fame), who informs him that he is a scanner. A scanner is a person born with a derangement of their brain, giving them {{telepathy}}. They can 'scan' you. Unfortunately, this telepathy is very much of the BlessedWithSuck variety: most scanners can hear your thoughts, [[PowerIncontinence and can't block them out]]. They get {{Psychic Nosebleed}}s. They can alter your bodily functions. A particularly powerful one, like BigBad Darryl Revok (MichaelIronside) (Creator/MichaelIronside) can [[YourHeadASplode blow up your head]].



* CanadaEh: Pierce lives in a cabin in the woods, and Revok and [[spoiler: Keller]] can be seen meeting at what is clearly the Yorkdale subway station in Toronto. You can see the sign and everything. Both Cronenberg and MichaelIronside are Torontonians, and Stephen Lack has a quite pronounced Canadian accent. The [=ConSec=] helicopter also has a Canadian registration.

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* CanadaEh: Pierce lives in a cabin in the woods, and Revok and [[spoiler: Keller]] can be seen meeting at what is clearly the Yorkdale subway station in Toronto. You can see the sign and everything. Both Cronenberg and MichaelIronside Creator/MichaelIronside are Torontonians, and Stephen Lack has a quite pronounced Canadian accent. The [=ConSec=] helicopter also has a Canadian registration.
5th Mar '17 6:16:00 AM Kalaong
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->''Scanning is not mind-reading. It is the merging of two nervous systems, separated by space.''

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->''Scanning is not mind-reading. It is ->''You are 35 years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk? ''[DramaticPause]'' The answer's simple. You're a scanner, which you don't realize. And that has been the merging source of two nervous systems, separated by space.all your agony. But I will show you now that it can be a source of great power. ''
25th Jan '17 5:50:20 AM Black_Diesel
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1st Jan '17 7:46:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\

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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
29th Dec '16 4:51:30 PM AnotherGuy
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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\

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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
28th Nov '16 2:58:47 PM NWolfman
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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\

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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\
26th Oct '16 2:48:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* AntiHero: In the thought-provoking sense, rather than the LovableRogue sense. Sure, Cameron is a stone cold BadAss who can put his enemies into cardiac arrest without lifting a finger, but due to being BlessedWithSuck, he's also just generally [[CreepyMonotone stone cold]]. He has no outside interests, no real motivation of his own, and not a whole lot of personality, being described by Kim as "barely even human." During his downtime, he simply sits in his hotel room, stares at the wall, and waits for the next plot point to happen. So yes, he's a BadAss, but not the sort of BadAss you would ever daydream about being. This makes sense, as the character was a downright VillainProtagonist in the original script. This motif of the protagonist-as-a-pawn was one that Cronenberg later returned to in ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'', where the manipulation is a good deal more explicitly sinister.

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* AntiHero: In the thought-provoking sense, rather than the LovableRogue sense. Sure, Cameron is a stone cold BadAss badass who can put his enemies into cardiac arrest without lifting a finger, but due to being BlessedWithSuck, he's also just generally [[CreepyMonotone stone cold]]. He has no outside interests, no real motivation of his own, and not a whole lot of personality, being described by Kim as "barely even human." During his downtime, he simply sits in his hotel room, stares at the wall, and waits for the next plot point to happen. So yes, he's a BadAss, badass, but not the sort of BadAss badass you would ever daydream about being. This makes sense, as the character was a downright VillainProtagonist in the original script. This motif of the protagonist-as-a-pawn was one that Cronenberg later returned to in ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'', where the manipulation is a good deal more explicitly sinister.
25th Oct '16 4:58:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: TheHero (Cameron Vale) deconstructs TheChosenOne: he's the only [[WitchSpecies "Scanner"]] with the power to stop Daryl Revok, he's an absolute [[PsychicPowers psychic]] {{Badass}} ...and he is completely devoid of personality beyond his mission to stop Revok, which he has been raised to do by an (unknown to him) EvilMentor.

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: TheHero (Cameron Vale) deconstructs TheChosenOne: he's the only [[WitchSpecies "Scanner"]] with the power to stop Daryl Revok, he's an absolute [[PsychicPowers psychic]] {{Badass}} ...badass ...and he is completely devoid of personality beyond his mission to stop Revok, which he has been raised to do by an (unknown to him) EvilMentor.
5th Jul '16 7:50:34 PM bt8257
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Most people nowadays have heard of this movie because it's "that movie with the exploding head", and if they're watching it, it's so they can see the part with the [[YourHeadASplode exploding head]].
15th May '16 11:16:34 AM nombretomado
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Revok is a psychotic [[SmugSuper scanner-supremacist]] who wants to TakeOverTheWorld (reportedly, some of the later characterization for {{Magneto}} was based on him), and, with his terrorist sect of scanners, probably could. Now the question remains: Is Vale a badder dude than Revok?

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Revok is a psychotic [[SmugSuper scanner-supremacist]] who wants to TakeOverTheWorld (reportedly, some of the later characterization for {{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} was based on him), and, with his terrorist sect of scanners, probably could. Now the question remains: Is Vale a badder dude than Revok?
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