Film: Scanners III: The Takeover

Scanners III: The Takeover is the second sequel to Scanners, released in 1992 and also directed by Christian Duguay.

At a Christmas party in a high rise apartment, scanner Alex Monet shows off his psychic abilities with his best friend. Due to a mishap he accidentally pushes his friend off the balcony with his telekinesis, and goes into self-imposed exile in a Buddhist monastery on the other side of the world.

Back home and months later, his sister Helena is breaking down from the pressure of hearing everyone's thoughts all the time. Alex and Helena's father, a millionaire pharmaceutical businessman and scientist who adopted the two when they were kids, has developed a drug that might help them, Eph 3. The drug is however experimental and possibly dangerous. After a mental episode Helena steals the drug and tests it on herself with success, but the side effects degrade her empathy and turn her into a sociopath bent on domination. After Helena takes control of the company Alex must come back to stop her.


This film provides examples of:

  • Cain and Abel: The main hero and villain in Scanners 3 are each other's brother and sister, respectively.
  • Driven to Suicide: When the Ephemerol 3 no longer affects her psyche and she's confronted with her actions, Helena kills herself by electrocution.
  • Fantastic Drug: The third movie uses another version of Ephemerol to explain how Helena turned evil. Since it is an experimental drug, it is untested on scanners and turns them insane.
  • Groin Attack: At the beginning of the movie, Helena and Joyce are making their way down an alleyway when the two of them are confronted by a trio of thugs. As Joyce tells them that they don't want any trouble, the lead thug tells them that they should be worried for their own safety and upon seeing that things are getting worse, Joyce decides to kick the lead thug in the groin in an attempt to help herself and Helena escape from the imminent danger.
  • Hospital Hottie: One of the villainous scanners in part three. Invoked, since she's only posing as one.
  • Incest Subtext: There is a bit present between Helena and Dr. Monet, her adoptive father. After she goes insane, he confronts her while she's nude in a hot tub. She accuses him of adopting her because he just wanted a girl all to himself, and then uses her psychic powers to drown him.
  • Mind over Matter: Alex in particular shows off some impressive telekinetic powers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When the drug wears off momentarily, Helena realizes what she's done and is distraught, but takes the drug again. She's also like this just before she commits suicide at the end.
  • My Greatest Failure: Alex accidentally kills his best friend at the start, and goes into self-imposed isolation for many years in a Buddhist monastery in Asia.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Helena is apparently meant to be Canadian, but the actress's thick Polish accent comes through a lot.
  • Perma Stubble: Alex when he returns home.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Helena kills her father by having him drown himself in a hot tub. She also directs a corporate enemy of hers to jump of his pool's diving board. It's empty.
  • Psycho Serum: Ephemerol 3 is an untested new version of the drug. After she takes it, Helena turns evil.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Joyce to Alex in the third. Alice also seems like this to David in the second, but that one at least establishes why she wants to become a vet.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Helena kills her father to take over his pharmaceutical company.
  • Sequel Hook: Helena transforms into some sort of energy creature at the end of the film, but no sequel was made that continued this plotline.
  • Technopath: Helena mind controls people straight through cameras and television sets.
  • Virtual Ghost: After the villainess is defeated, there's an (unresolved) Sequel Hook where her mind leaves her body for a digital form, whereupon she appears on a camerascreen and laughs maniacally.