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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)
Vlasta Vrana ...
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
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Convenience Store Thug
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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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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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The makeup and effects supervisors from the original film were asked to participate but were unavailable. See more »

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[Last lines]
David Kellum: [is finally killing Commander John Forrester with scanner powers, suddenly stops] No more killing. We didn't want this.
[to the press]
David Kellum: We mean you no harm. Just here to help.
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Referenced in Scanners III: The Takeover (1991) See more »

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Thinking out loud
Written by Bootsauce
Performed by Bootsauce
Courtesy of Polygram Music Publishing Inc.
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Not mind blowing, but still enjoyable.
5 January 2017 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

This 1991 sequel to David Cronenberg's 1981 horror hit Scanners went straight to video in the UK, so I was fully expecting the film to be a cheap and cheesy cash-in with few redeeming features. But while Scanners II: The New Order isn't quite on a par with the original, it's still a very serviceable movie, a respectful follow-up with a decent plot, fine performances, and just enough splatter to satisfy those who, like me, regard the exploding head in the first film to be one of the best make-up effects ever committed to film.

David Hewlett stars as 'scanner' David Kellum, whose extraordinary psychic powers enable him to control people's minds and inflict pain/damage on those who threaten him. With such a special gift, he is quickly recruited by power hungry Commander John Forrester (Yvan Ponton), who wants to use David as a tool in the building of a totalitarian 'new order'. However, when David realises that Forrester is a fascist dictator in the making, he rebels, pitting him in a desperate battle against Forrester's less idealistic scanners, of which Peter Drak (Raoul Max Trujillo) is the most powerful.

Horrible saxophone score aside, there isn't really much to dislike about The New Order: director Christian Duguay keeps things moving along at a reasonable pace, the cinematography is good, there are two juicy exploding noggins (although neither are as shocking as FX genius Dick Smith's handiwork in Cronenberg's movie), and rounding out the cast are Deborah Raffin as David's babelicious older sister Julie, Tom Butler as nasty Doctor Morse, and Isabelle Mejias as David's girlfriend Alice Leonardo.

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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