YMMV: Scanners

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Revok's moment is obvious. Vale's is probably the final twist in the film.
    • Blowing up an entire computer room with nothing but his mind probably counts as well. It's a pity the gas station and phone booth had to get caught in the crossfire.
  • Evil Is Cool: Revok, that Magnificent Bastard
  • First Installment Wins: Did you know there's four more Scanners films? No? Not surprising, considering the sequelitis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Nobody's ever 'switched off' a scanner before."
    • Arguably also the name of Dr. Ruth, considering this was just before that Dr. Ruth started becoming more well-known. Cronenburg possibly knew about her, as the Dr. Ruth in Scanners was once a biochemist researching drugs for pregnant women.
  • Memetic Mutation: The infamous Your Head Asplode scene is used as a reaction image, especially on Cracked and Topless Robot.
  • Narm: The sequels increasingly narm things up in general. Scanner duels also seem to gradually devolve into "whoever makes the weirdest face wins".
  • Sequelitis: The sequels did not involve any of the original cast or crew, and rapidly decrease in quality.
  • Signature Scene: Guess.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Dick Smith's makeup effects are still very impressive over thirty years after the film's release.
    • And, of course, the exploding head.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Many have sat down to watch the film purely for the head explosion scene.