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Horror History: David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS Is Now 40 Years Old

On this day in horror history, writer-director David Cronenberg’s sci-fi horror classic Scanners with Michael Ironside and Stephen Lack hit theaters back in 1981.

For the record, Scanners are men and women born with telepathic and telekinetic powers. The film tells the tale of a renegade scanner (Ironside) who wages a war against humanity and another scanner (Lack) who is dispatched to stop him.

Scanners snagged $2.7M opening weekend and a total of $14.2M at the box office. It spawned two sequels, two spin-offs, and a novelization by Leon Whiteson.

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It sports a solid 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: A dark sci-fi story with special effects that’ll make your head explode.

Darren Lynn Bousman was set to direct a remake penned by David S. Goyer. But that never happened. Then Dimension planned to develop a TV series. Still nothing happened. Finally, in 2017 Media Res and Bron Studios announced another series. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if that version ever happens. Stay tuned.

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Written by Mike Sprague

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