YMMV / Scanners

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dr. Paul Ruth. While he's clearly a Mad Scientist and Abusive Parent who was willing to experiment on his own family, it's not really clear what became of his wife. Maybe she died in childbirth or maybe they just divorced, but it's not inconceivable that either of his psychic sons might have something to do with her absence. This would lend a lot more weight to Ruth's apparent resentment of Revok and Vale.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": 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 exploding head.
  • Awesome Moments:
    • 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.
  • 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. Cronenberg 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 A-Splode scene is frequently used as a reaction image, especially on Cracked and the late 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".
  • Playing Gertrude: Patrick McGoohan's character, Dr. Ruth was said to have founded a biochemical company in 1942. That would make him somewhat older than McGoohan who was only about 13 or 14 at the time. This is somehwat tempered, though, by McGoohan looking and sounding older than he was at this point in his career (possibly attributed to his reputed alchoholism, he did not age well after his mid-late forties).
  • 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.