The Scream Factory on Facebook
Scream Factory has been exciting horror fans every Friday by announcing more cult horror titles that they will be releasing on DVD and (possibly) Blu-ray next year. Not a whole lot of excitement this week, though, with their announcement of a pair of early Nineties direct-to-video Scanners sequels.
I’m sure there are a few people out there thrilled to hear that Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover will be coming to DVD (and possibly Blu-ray) for the first time next year, but the fact that even Scream Factory’s own Facebook announcement begins with an apology for not being able to get the rights to give David Cronenberg’s original 1980 Scanners a much overdue Blu-ray release speaks volumes as to how unlikely this news is to make any heads explode from excitement. This is probably the first time a Scream Factory announcement has been worded to sound like a consolation prize.
The okay 1991 direct-to-video sequel Scanners II: The New Order starred David Hewlett of future “Stargate” TV fame and Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3) in a tale about a mild-mannered scanner mixed up in a government conspiracy involving evil Scanners plotting a coup. Its lesser 1992 follow-up Scanners III: The Takeover starred no one in particular and dealt with a sibling rivalry between good and evil scanners. Both films were directed by Christian Duguay, who would soon go on to direct the 1993 science fiction horror flick Screamers, a movie more deserving of the Scream Factory treatment than either of these two films.
On the plus side, the release of these two Scanners sequels gets us even closer to the prospect of one day seeing Scanner Cop movies on Blu-ray. Now that would make my head explode.
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