scanners (1981, MGM/UA), dir. David Cronenberg w/ Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill. Scanners is the transition film between Cronenberg's early, bloodier movies and the creeping chill of his 80s work. But it's better known as the movie with the exploding head. It's fascinating to watch now for curiosities like Louis Del Grande's unforgettable role and an appearance by theatre guru Mavor Moore. And of all Cronenberg's films, its story of a telekinetic urban tribe has proved remarkably durable -- two sequels, plus two Scanner Cop spinoff movies.
Thin on goodies. Only French and Spanish subtitles, plus the trailer. 104 minutes. NNN