Scanners (1981) Poster



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Followed by 


Scanner Cop (1994) (Video)
Scanner Cop II (1995) (Video)


Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Revok: "Sleeping Beauty awakes."
Deep Red (1975)
The presentation of the scanner's psychic abilities references the psychic congress in "Profondo rosso": The setting resembles a theatre, the dominant colour is red, and the audience members are shown in narrow-angle shots. Both events lead to an unexpected outcome.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
L.P. Soundtrack seen in basement of record store.
The Fury (1978)
Alien 2: On Earth (1980)
Girl with telepathic abilities causes a man's head to explode.

Referenced in 

Night of the Creeps (1986)
character Cynthia Cronenberg named after director David Cronenberg
Akira (1988)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Robot Ninja (1989)
movie poster
Wayne's World (1992)
While watching Garth's breakdown, one of the crew says, "Did you ever see that scene in 'Scanners' where the dude's head blows up?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Crow
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "The dog should make his brain explode - scanner dog!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) (TV Episode)
Frank: "You were scanning me, weren't you?! You tried to make my head explode!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo mentions it by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion USA (1994) (TV Episode)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Richard mentions by name.
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
X (1996)
Very simmilar visual style. Homages to director David Cronenberg.
Tempo (1996)
Mentioned in dialogue
Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV Movie)
Bill and the hitchhiker talk about the movie when Bill mentions he sells bar code scanners.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Horror of Party Beach (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo mentions it by name.
Pi (1998)
Dark City (1998)
The Faculty (1998)
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
Acne (2000)
poster in room
Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
It is referenced.
Jackie Chan Adventures: Shrink Rap (2002) (TV Episode)
Jade asks if Tohru's head will go Scanners (explode) when Jackie grows.
X2 (2003)
Stryker says his wife took a drill to the temple of her head because she couldn't get the images projected by her son out of her head. Michael Ironside takes a drill to his frontal lobe because he can't get the thoughts of others out of his head.
The Sweet Life (2003)
Line "my head is going explode like that guy in Scanners."
Angel: Hell-Bound (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy (2004) (Video Game)
An enemy's head exploding if you Mind Drain them while they're still alive is, according to the designer, a tribute to the exploding heads in Scanners.
Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) (TV Movie)
It is referenced as a part of the pantheon of Canadian horror films as it comes up in topic of the documentary.
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Fear of the Flesh: The Making of 'The Fly' (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
It is mentioned in a magazine. Also, photograph is shown.
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
Film artwork is shown in a newspaper article.
Visions and Horror from 'The Dead Zone' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization (2008) (TV Episode)
Sheldon keeps trying to make Leonard's head explode with his mind
Fringe: The Cure (2008) (TV Episode)
Bleeding eyes and exploding heads
The Supermarket (2009)
Title mentioned
Psych: Think Tank (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "Let's blow these guys' minds, 'Scanners' style."
Hiccups: Watch and Learn (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Millie
The Cinema Snob: Alien 2: On Earth (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Snob.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
It is mentioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act. Also, video case is shown.
Dragonetti the Ruthless Contract Killer (2010)
DVD is shown in a store.
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss: The American Scream (2010) (TV Episode)
The film's theatrical poster is shown.
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) (TV Movie)
still picture
The Big Box: Christmas Evil (2011) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
Holliston: The Hooker: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Adam "scans" Joe and explodes his head after discovering Joe has been eating his peanut butter.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Future Shock #1 (2012) (TV Episode)
"When did this suddenly turn into"
Crawlspace (2012)
Mind control, capable of causing heads to explode
Anime Abandon: Genocyber: Part II (2012) (TV Episode)
"...then pulls a Scanners and makes its head explode."
Holliston: Blobby (2013) (TV Episode)
Joe scans Adam's head.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Discussing the Pod (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Videoclub (2013)
Poster is shown.
The Kirk Show: The Staring Contest (2014) (TV Episode)
Intensely staring faces in closeup with synth music stings is reminiscent of the Scanner battles.
Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)
One of the additions to Disc 3 of Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Part 2 Box Set as one of the 82 Section 3 "Nasties". Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) features on Disc 1 of this Box Set.
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Shivers (2014) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
Why Horror? (2014)
A poster can be seen.
From Stereo to Video (2014) (Video)
poster shown
Parasite Memories: The Making of 'Shivers' (2014) (Video)
poster shown
Archer: Nellis (2015) (TV Episode)
Pam asks if the telepathy method the aliens use is similar to the movie.
The Mind's Eye (2015)
Mentioned in the tag line.
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Visiting Hours (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name, and holds up DVD case.
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Brood (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
The Cinema Snob: Ms. Velma's Most Incredibly Magnificent Christmas Week (2015) (TV Episode)
"...for fear that Miss Velma was gonna go Scanners on their ass."
The Cinema Snob: Second Glance (2016) (TV Episode)
"Those are the eyes of a fucking Scanner."
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (2016) (TV Episode)
"Don't piss off the girl that can Scanners your fucking head."
Mower Minions (2016) (Short)
Scene where minion is staring at garden dwarf until dwarve's head explodes.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Head Games (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: City of the Living Dead (2017) (TV Episode)
"Not only that, but so has Father Zombie, who has Scanners powers now."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Carnival Magic (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Is this a sequel to 'Scanners'?"

Featured in 

Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg (1987) (TV Movie)
Clips from the movie
The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg (1999) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The American Nightmare (2000)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Inside Scan: Scanners (2005) (Video)
Clips shown
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
John Carl Buechler and Mark Irwin mention it. Also, title of this film appears on screen and footage is shown.
The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) (TV Episode)
Footage from this movie is shown.
Brows Held High: Naked Lunch (2011) (TV Episode)
also directed by David Cronenberg
Welshy Reviews: Red Dwarf (2011) (TV Episode)
head explosion shown
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Colección James Bond (2012) (TV Episode)
exploding head scene shown
DVD-R Hell: Gary Coleman: For Safety's Sake (2013) (TV Episode)
Brad says if you wait longer than five seconds to check if an unconscious person is breathing, their head will explode. He then plays a clip from this film.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Exploding head scene
Anime Abandon: Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (2014) (TV Episode)
a head explodes
Mental Saboteur (2014) (Video)
clips shown
Fear Itself (2015)
Clips Shown
Videofobia: Puño de furia, contacto mortal (2016) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Best of the Worst: Scary or Die, Chopping Mall, the Exorcist II: The Heretic (2016) (TV Episode)
movie clip is shown when RLM gang talks about head explosions in movies
Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.

Spoofed in 

South Park: Cartman's Incredible Gift (2004) (TV Episode)
Using psychic powers to attack others, references to making a person's head explode with their mind.
South Park: Canada on Strike (2008) (TV Episode)
The dramatic gopher causes Chocolate Rain Guy's head to explode by intently staring at him, a parody of the early scene where Revok uses his psychic powers to make a psychologist's head explode
Family Guy: Peter Problems (2014) (TV Episode)
Scene when Megs head explodes in the microwave
Scanners: Dopplegayners (2015)
The full movie, including the title, is a spoof od David Cronnenberg movie.

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