Scanners (Cronenberg, 1981): Rio Cinema, 11.30pm
Another brilliant midnight movie from the Cigarette Burns team. I have to admit to not having seen this particular David Cronenberg film so I am gong to be there. Don't let that put you off. You can find out more here at the Cigarette Burns Facebook page.
Chicago Reader review:
'One of the most technically proficient of David Cronenberg's early
gnawing, Canadian-made horror movies (1981), though it lacks both the
logic and the queasy sexual subtext that made his still earlier work—Rabid, They Came From Within—so
memorably revolting. The premise—warring factions of telekinetic
killers are sent out by two mysterious corporations—is vague but
suggestive, and it's developed with a creepy psychological resonance,
though the film loses some force through the needlessly complicated,
indifferently presented plotting. Like Tod Browning, Cronenberg doesn't
have the stylistic resources to match the forcefulness of his ideas, but
his movies remain in the mind for the pull of their private obsessions.
With Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, and Jennifer O'Neill.'
Here is the trailer.