Scanners (1981) Poster



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Followed by 

Scanner Force (1991) (Video)

Edited into 

30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
One of the movies shown.


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)

Referenced in 

Vampire Hunter D (1985) (Video)
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)
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.
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)
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.
X-Men 2 (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
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) (Video)
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
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"
Anime Abandon: Genocyber: Part II (2012) (TV Episode)
"...then pulls a Scanners and makes its head explode."
Holliston: Joe's Soda (2013) (TV Episode)
Joe scans Adam and explodes his head at the end.
Holliston: Blobby (2013) (TV Episode)
Joe scans Adam's head.
Videoclub (2013)
Poster is shown.

Featured in 

Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg (1986) (TV Movie)
Clips from the movie
Pin (1988)
This is the film that Leon (David Hewlett) and Marcia see while on their date. David Hewlett would later star in Scanners II: The New Order.
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
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.
Brows Held High: Naked Lunch (2011) (TV Episode)
also directed by David Cronenberg
Welshy Reviews: Red Dwarf (2011) (TV Episode)
head explosion shown
Special Collector's Edition: 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.

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

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