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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.

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Julie Vale
Yvan Ponton ...
Commander John Forrester
Isabelle Mejias ...
Alice Leonardo
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Doctor Morse
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Peter Drak (as Raoul Trujillo)
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Lt. Gelson
Murray Westgate ...
George Kellum
Doris Petrie ...
Susan Kellum
Dorothée Berryman ...
Mayor
Michael Rudder ...
Feck
David Francis ...
Gruner
Stephen Zarou ...
Walter
Tom Harvey ...
Chief Stokes
Jason Cavalier ...
Convenience Store Thug
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Storyline

Good and evil scanners combatting when a crooked politician schemes to gain control of a major city. Scanners are people who, because their mothers had taken a certain drug during pregnancy, have acquired telepathic powers. One scanner escapes from a mental center and is hired by the politician to use his powers to gain control of others minds, and then, their actions. Written by Ørnås

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He can make you do anything...if he puts his mind to it. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong violence and graphic sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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28 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Agyfürkészők 2. - Az új rendszer  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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To appease the MPAA, which was being particularly critical of horror movies during that era, the filmmakers shot numerous variations of scenes to enable them to create R-rated, unrated and TV edits of the film. See more »

Quotes

Commander John Forrester: How's everything?
Doctor Morse: Not good. Elaine, one of our female scanners, just died. We're losing too many, too fast. The only functional scanners we have left are Feck, Gruner and Drak.
[watching camera surveillance of Peter Drak]
Commander John Forrester: I wouldn't call that functional.
Doctor Morse: He's got tremendous command of his powers. He could bounce back.
Commander John Forrester: He's a psychopath. What we need is a clean scanner. A virgin mind.
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References Skinheads (1989) See more »

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Nothing can stop us now
Written by Marty Simon & Aldo Nova
Performed by Laury Shedler & Alan Jordan
Courtesy of Polygram Music Publishing Inc.
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Loved it! Should become a cult classic, in time.
10 February 2000 | by (Jonesboro, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

As B movies go, it was well above average (I warn the reader now that I may reveal certain key elements of the plot or other parts of the movie, although I am trying to minimise any such tendency). As sequels usually go, it was utterly fantastic(despite a "cookie cutter" approach to trying to copy certain elements from the original movie verbatum. Despite this sometimes tedious tendency, it seemed to work in this particular film, so long as the viewer could divorce his attention from comparisons to the original "Scanners").

The movie was similar in ways to the "Superman" series, in terms of the main character's description of his early childhood and relationship with his parents (who seemed modelled along the same lines as the Kents in the "Superman" stories) and the theme of a morally pure hero possessed of extraordinary powers from an early age, etc. The depiction of profound feelings of alienation of prodigious or otherwise non-conforming children, adolescents and/or adults was a theme which reminded me of films such as "Real Genius", and (to a more superficial degree) "Doctor Mordrid" and struck a particularly strong chord.

The film had a positive message, and was fun to watch. I found some of the insights and accuracy (in terms of depiction of certain aspects of paranormal experiences) fascinating, and even profoundly touching at times. These moments occasionally appeared from among all of the great formula-driven schlock and gratuitous sex(uality, in this case, as the sexual elements were tastefully done) and violence that makes B movies (or Shakespearian plays, for that matter!) so much fun to watch!

This is a must watch for all comic book, Sci-fi, "remote viewing" enthusiasts, and horror fans! With the right exposure in the right circles, the film could develop quite a cult following, along with the original "Scanners".


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