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Scanner Force (1991)
"Scanners III: The Takeover" (original title)

Video  -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  14 May 1992 (USA)
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A young female scanner turns from a sweet young thing into a murderous, power-crazed villain after she takes an experimental drug developed by her father. Her brother, who is also a scanner... See full summary »

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Liliana Komorowska ...
Helena Monet
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Joyce Stone
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Alex Monet
Colin Fox ...
Elton Monet
Daniel Pilon ...
Michael
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Mark Dragon (as Peter Wright)
Sith Sekae ...
Monk
Harry Hill ...
Dr. Baumann
Claire Cellucci ...
Suzy
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Chip Chuipka ...
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Max
Sylvain Beauchamps ...
Rufus
Gaston Perreault ...
Bennie
Michel Perron ...
Charlie
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A young female scanner turns from a sweet young thing into a murderous, power-crazed villain after she takes an experimental drug developed by her father. Her brother, who is also a scanner, is the only one powerful enough to stop her. Written by Anonymous

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A few actors from Scanners II: The New Order make appearances in this entry. For instance, Jason Cavalier from The New Order (with the exploding tumor) here plays a punk leader. See more »

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When Alex scans a security guard to fly off his chair, one can clearly see that the wall the guard hits, shakes and moves as if made from cardboard. See more »

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Thomas Drake: Hey Alex! It's a long way from Baumann's clinic, huh?
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Follows Scanners (1981) See more »

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Playin' to Win
Composed by Brian Greenway and Marty Simon
Performed by Brian Greenway
Produced by Marty Simon with Paul Northfield
Published by Windfall Music, Roxamillion, Sock - Cymbal Music, Ripple Music / Polygram
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The RoboCop Syndrome
10 September 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

It seemed to have been a curse of good 80's films with exploitable theme to sink ever lower depth, cheaper effects and amateurish actors, the more Roman numerals one would attach to them. Remember "RoboCop"? Half-decent sequel, a third part that reeked. "Warlock"? Cult-classic first part, mediocre second, unwatchable third. "Highlander"? "American Ninja"? "Batman"? The list could go on.

"Scanners III" neatly fits into that mould; the original being a true classic, the second part a cartoonish but enjoyable romp and the third, well, it makes you glad they didn't film a third "The Fly"-film (although an African video-vendor tried to sell me a bootleg of "The Fly III", but that's another story).

Short story shorter: a pair of Scanner siblings, one good one who has learned to control his powers and his evil sister, who chemically boosts her powers in order to take over the world, battle it out with the usual Scanner abilities. The powers are stronger, the theatrics – mostly due to the lack of acting abilities – are even more theatrical but the human-factor of the original "Scanners" has left the franchise forever. The original Scanners were mostly portrayed as average people who had to deal both with a power and a disease. One felt for their misery and, through the minimalist approach of original director David Cronenberg, one could almost imagine those people were troubled, but real people. The Scanners of this film seem like comic book heroes (and villains) who might well have fitted in with some cheap TV-production of "Super Friends".

This film isn't even cartoon anymore; it's the purest of C-grade straight-to-video Dreck. But there's the golden 80's principle and the producers had a concept there: most of the fans still slavishly rented or purchased the film, same as they did with "Scanner Cop" and "Scanner Cop II". I know I did. And I watched all the RoboCops because, you never know, there might be a shine of former brilliance to surface yet. People, we've all been conned. Will I go watch another sequel or a remake? Sure, I'm an incorrect able sucker for franchises and plan to stick to that – one can always complain later.

And by the way: when in East-Africa and they somebody tries to sell you a video-copy of "The Fly III", don't buy it! It's just a cheap horror-film, left on the cutting board table somewhere in Hong Kong, about a woman who stings herself on a mutated plant and gives birth to a giant killer-bug. Trust me: I know what I'm talking about! Four points for the film, one for nostalgia.


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