“It’s the voices in my head; they’re driving me crazy.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He adds that “McGoohan and Ironside give solid performances”:
… but “Lack isn’t an appealing lead.”
Meanwhile, “Jennifer O’Neill (who’s part of the guerrilla band Lack helps” is impressive during one key scene in a doctor’s office, but her role isn’t substantial enough.
Though it’s hailed by some as a classic and considered Cronenberg’s breakthrough film, I was unimpressed by the inane dialogue (along the lines of, “Do it now or I’ll kill you.”) and incessant gun brandishing. This film is really all about its special effects — and if you enjoy that kind of thing, you will certainly want to give it a look (and be sure to check out a short documentary entitled “The Scanners Way” for plenty of fascinating background information on how the effects here were creatively produced by masters of the trade).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: