David Cronenberg is one of my personal favorite directors. He has directed other such films as Rabid, the Brood, and Videodrome. Scanners was his fourth film and really thrust him into the spotlight of up and coming directors. Cronenberg’s films will usually have a sort of social commentary with in the story. With Scanners he seems to be warning people about the corporate worlds strangle hold on the public and making money at the expense of lives. Many of his movies involve some kind of naturally occuring disease or parasite that infects humanity and must be dealt with.
Scanners seem to be mostly men, although Cameron does meet Kim, a woman who joins him in his efforts. They are also on the run from members of the ConSec Corporation who want to use their powers for their own purposes. There are a few scenes and ideas in the movie that seemed to parallel the Matrix movies, and remember this was made in 1981. Cameron goes into a phone booth and through the handset scans ConSec’s computer systems to get the names of the other scanners. The final credits are shown in a green computer screen type. Being a scanner is like living in another world, like being in the Matrix and in a time when the internet or even personal computers were not even available to the everyday person, this is quite impressive. This movie could have easily fallen flat and become a cheesy B-movie if the performance had faltered. The effects of the movie are top notch and anybody who knows a Cronenberg film know that he loves realistic grisly violence. The final showdown between Cameron and Revock involves nothing but an epic stare down, but it works. Scanners is notorious for its violence, by it is so much more. Most all of Cronenberg’s films are independently made and financed, so they usually are not shown in many theatres. His last two films have also been his most commercially successful. With “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises” that both starred Viggo Mortensen. He always collaborates with the very best talent in all fields to bring really strong and influential materiel to the screen.