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Writers (WGA):
David Cronenberg (characters)
B.J. Nelson (written by) ...
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Release Date:
14 May 1992 (USA) See more »
Scanners against scanners... The battle for total control has begun. See more »
A young female scanner turns from a sweet young thing into a murderous, power-crazed villain after she... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Liliana Komorowska ... Helena Monet

Valérie Valois ... Joyce Stone

Steve Parrish ... Alex Monet
Colin Fox ... Elton Monet
Daniel Pilon ... Michael

Peter Wight ... Mark Dragon (as Peter Wright)
Sith Sekae ... Monk
Harry Hill ... Dr. Baumann
Claire Cellucci ... Suzy

Michael Copeman ... Mitch
Chip Chuipka ... Thomas

Jean Frenette ... Max
Sylvain Beauchamps ... Rufus
Gaston Perreault ... Bennie
Michel Perron ... Charlie
Tony Roman ... Piano Player

Christopher B. MacCabe ... George (as Christopher MacCabe)

René Malo ... Robert Rosenthal
Stan Gibbons ... Talk Show Host
Dyan Flynn ... Celebrity
Ian Finlay ... Announcer
Steve Michaels ... Veteran Cop
Sam Montesano ... Doctor

Aimée Castle ... Young Helena
Jean Boyn ... Wiseguy Guest
Chantal Condor ... Female Guest
Lin Parx ... Doubting Guest
Rachelle Dietcher ... Little Girl

Jason Cavalier ... Punk Leader
Brenda Adams ... Punk #1
Rob Roy ... Punk #2
Paul Stewart ... Steven Crandall
Claire Riley ... Nurse
Bonfield Marcoux ... Pathologist

Richard Jutras ... Lobby Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Landry ... Sam Pike (uncredited)
Nicolas Lemieux ... Nikola (uncredited)
Ali Trad ... Punk #3 (uncredited)

Directed by
Christian Duguay 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (characters)

B.J. Nelson (written by) and
Julie Richard (written by) &
David Preston (written by)

Produced by
Pierre David .... executive producer
Irene Litinsky .... line producer
René Malo .... producer
Rénald Paré .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marty Simon 
Cinematography by
Hugues de Haeck 
Film Editing by
Yves Langlois 
Casting by
Cathy Henderson 
Production Design by
Michael Joy 
Art Direction by
Lynn Trout 
Set Decoration by
André Chamberland 
Costume Design by
Laurie Drew 
Makeup Department
Roxy D'Alonzo .... special makeup effects artist
Bill Forsche .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Maddi .... special makeup artist
Serge Morache .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Williams .... first assistant director (as Michael Williams)
Art Department
Tristan Tondino .... head scenic artist
Sound Department
Jon Archer .... dialogue editor
Eric Lambi .... assistant sound editor
Frank Morrone .... adr mixer
Mike Palozzi .... post-production sound
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician
André Laperrière .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jon Campfens .... visual effects coordinator
Alain Lachance .... compositor
Jim Dunn .... stunt double: Steve Parrish
Yves Langlois .... stunts
Ken Quinn .... stunts
Sonny Hill .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Beetz .... best boy electric
Denis Lamothe .... electrician
Robert Lapierre Jr. .... key grip
Peter Mathys .... electrician
Robert Mattigetz .... gaffer
Transportation Department
Kevin Matthews .... office driver
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kristina Birkmayer .... production coordinator

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Rated R for horror violence, and for sensuality
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | New Zealand:R16 | Spain:13 (original rating) | Spain:18 (re-rating) (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Thomas Drake:Hey Alex! It's a long way from Baumann's clinic, huh?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Scanners II: The New Order (1991) (V)See more »
Finale (excerpt of 'Don Giovanni')See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The RoboCop Syndrome, 10 September 2011
Author: t_atzmueller from Germany

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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