Sunday, 3 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 75: Sat Mar 16

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.'
Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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