SCANNERS
1981, Janus Films, 102 min, Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

One of director David Cronenberg’s most popular films, SCANNERS generated a franchise of sequels and, at the time of its release, pushed the envelope in special effects (who can ever erase the image of "the exploding head"?). Homeless Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) discovers that his terrifying "scanner" abilities to read and manipulate others’ minds stems from a drug called Ephemerol that his mother took before he was born. Shanghaied by Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), one of the drug’s inventors bent on creating a "good" scanner army, Cameron learns that a rival terrorist organization led by his evil scanner brother, Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), is aiming at world domination. "Classic Cronenberg" – Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner


THE BROOD
1979, Laurem Inc., 90 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

According to director David Cronenberg, this is "my version of KRAMER VS. KRAMER,” a film that “had a kind of happy ending. Not my version of that situation.” Disturbed Nola's (Samantha Eggar) suppressed anger at having had her child taken away causes her to become pregnant again - but this time, something horrible and homicidal grows inside her womb. With Oliver Reed.


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