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YMMV: Scanners
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Revok's moment is obvious. Vale's is probably the final twist in the film.
  • 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The scanner duel between Vale and Revok. Revok has taught himself how to kill people horrifically with his powers as befits his methods and goals as a psychic terrorist, hence the severe hemorrhaging he easily inflicts during his attempt to "suck (Vale's) brain dry". Vale received far more expert training from first Ruth and then Obrist, and is capable of just as much more subtlety, such as scanning a computer over a phone line. Vale is thus mortally injured almost as soon as the duel begins, but eventually calls on that training to enter a state of Tranquil Fury and give Revok exactly what he demands - and then some.
  • Foe Yay: In Scanners 2, Drak constantly calling David "pretty boy".
  • 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 chemist 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.

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