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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Good Sequel

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26 July 2015

During the Christmas party in her apartment, Joyce Stone (Valérie Valois) welcomes the stepbrothers Helena Monet (Liliana Komorowska) and Alex Monet (Steve Parrish), who is her boyfriend. Alex's best friend asks him to demonstrate his abilities of scanner and during his demonstration, Alex is distracted by a guest and accidentally kills his friend. Alex is considered non-guilty but decides to travel to a monastery in Thailand to learn to control his powers.

Two years later, Joyce and Helena are attacked by a gang in an alley and Helena activates her ability of scanner to save them. She has a severe migraine associated to the sound of voices and her stepfather Elton Monet (Colin Fox) shows an experimental EPH-3 patch that he is developing in his company to be used in scanners. Helena offers to be the guinea pig, but he does not accept the offer since he is still studying the side effects. During the night, Helena opens his wallet and secretly uses the EPH-3. Immediately her migraine disappears and she feels good; however her personality changes to an evil person. She humiliates her boss Mark Dragon (Peter Wright), who is the owner of the TV network where she works, and later she destroys him to assume the control of the television; she kills Elton to assume the control of his company and research; she kills Dr. Baumann (Harry Hill), who conducted painful experiments on her when she was a teenager. Meanwhile Alex's lawyer and friend Michael (Daniel Pilon) travels to Thailand to warn Alex about the changes in Helena but he is murdered by a scanner sent by Helena to follow him. The Monk (Sith Sekae) gives a final training to Alex and he returns home. Will Alex succeed to control Helena?

"Scanners III: The Takeover" is not a bad movie as indicated in the IMDb Users Rating; actually it is a good sequel of Scanners. The plot is well constructed through a tight screenplay; the story has a great villain; the acting is reasonable for a movie directly released on video. The transformation of a sweet woman into a powerful villain is a great idea and there is also humor, like when the gang is thrown into the garbage truck or her boss dancing in the restaurant; or Alex waking up and walking in the morgue. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Scanners III - O Duelo Final ("Scanners III: The Final Duel")

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Fairly watchable horror sequel.

Author: Paul Andrews ( from UK
14 November 2004

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The film opens with a scrolling caption informing us of what scanners are. The film begins proper at some Christmas party. Alex Monet (Steve Parrish) and his best friend are talking to some girls. The conversation turns to scanners. The girls don't believe they exist. Alex is a scanner and his friend convinces him to prove the girls wrong. So using his psychic power he makes his friend slide backwards on his own. Someone then grabs Alex and pats him on the back, Alex is surprised and loses control of his powers, his friend is jerked back violently and out of the balcony doors over the guard rail and to his death 40 odd floor to the concrete pavement below. Oops. Alex is upset, even though officially it was ruled an accident. We learn that he has traveled all over the world and finally decided to settle at a monastery in Thailand so he can learn to control his powers. Meanwhile back home his sister Helana Monet (the sexy Liliana Komorowska) is trying to lead a normal life. However see experiences severe pain and headaches. Her and Alex's father who adopted them, Dr Elton Monet (Colin Fox) is the owner of a large medical research company and is trying to invent a drug in the form of a patch which releases the drug into the bloodstream through the skin, eventually Dr Monet thinks it will help all scanners. He tells Helana about this drug, and that at this stage it's highly experimental and hasn't been tested properly. One night when the pain becomes unbearable Helana tries the drug, immediately the pain disappears. The next morning at breakfast outside a Pigeon craps on her hand, she stares at it and using her powers makes it explode. The drug has changed her from a nice, sweet girl into a wild, power-crazed murderer in mere hours! Later that night she visits Dr Baumann (Harry Hill) who is performing experiments on scanners. She frees all the scanners in his care and gives them patches so she can control their psychic powers too. From then on she sets her evil plan for world domination in action! The family lawyer Micheal (Daniel Pilon) becomes suspicious and tracks Alex down. He convinces Alex to go back home. Once back Helana realizes that Alex can stop her so she uses other scanners to try and kill him. Alex survives and enlists the help of research scientist and Helana's best friend Joyce Stone (Valerie Valois).Together they discover Helana is going to transmit her mind controlling signals using video and into tens of millions of American homes through their T.V.s! Competently but sometimes flatly directed by Christian Duguay, and called scanner force here in the UK, this was better than I expected, thanks to a script by B.J. Nelson, Julie Richard and David Preston (it took three people to write this?!) that at least keeps things moving at a fair pace and is fairly entertaining if a little silly at times. But the films main ace up it's sleeve is Liliana Komorowska as Helana, the films over the top villainness. As far as I'm aware I've never heard of her before, or seen her in any other film, but I really liked her in this. Probably better than the film deserves to be honest. She's a sexy, dominant, evil and devious, murdering scanner, by the end of the film I really wanted her to die in the most painful gory way possible, unfortunately I didn't get my wish, which seemed a bit of an anti climax. Easily the films best sequence involves her, she walks into Dr Baumanns office, dressed in a long coat, a sexy mini skirt, knee high leather boots and a white scarf, she looks classy, dominant and sexy. She teases and plays with Baumann, making his finger explode, and then finally making his head explode as well. She slowly walks around the facility killing the remaining guards using her powers before eventually making an over the top speech to her fellow scanner to try and convince them to join her, and help her carry out her evil plans. At one point she says "we shouldn't be at the bottom of the dung heap, we should be at the top!", she's class all the way through and makes the film watchable all on her own, and she gets naked in a hot tub as well! Alex makes a likable hero. We get some nudity and sex, at some points it looks like a cheap porno, especially with the busty blond nurse hitting on Alex! She is half undressed on top of Alex on a pool table, four men burst in and one says "what do we have here a rapist?", the nurse replies "oh no, he was willing!". The gore was sort of disappointing, there is only one exploding head and it's only on screen for about a second, blink and you'll miss it. Although I did like the sequence where Alex kills another scanner by spinning him around in a revolving door! There is an action sequence where Alex on his motorbike is chased by four scanners dressed like 1930's gangsters in a bus, but because of the low budget there are no other cars on the road at all, it looks a bit sad actually! The ending is a bit of a let down also, nothing more than Helana's patch falling off turning back into the sweet innocent girl she was at the start of the film. Probably worth a watch at least, if not for Liliana Komorowska's delightful villainness. Watchable, if nothing spectacular.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

The RoboCop Syndrome

Author: t_atzmueller from Germany
10 September 2011

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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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Whats more powerful years of training or a chemical boost?

Author: rlcsljo from Hollywood, ca
30 December 2000

Scanners were the offspring of women that were given a drug during pregnancy. They had severe mental and emotional problems, but one great power: the ability to blow someone else's brains up if you pissed them off. I did not see Scanners II, but by number III they not only got the ability to use psychokinesis, but to control others actions--even over the television.

One brother went to a monastery in Thailand to learn to control his powers, while his father gave his sister an experimental drug that gave her the same powers instantly (but for only 24 hours while wearing a patch). She becomes power mad and uses them to take over her father's drug company and next the world?

Her brother finds out about his relatives deaths and returns. His sister has released a bunch of drug enhanced Scanners as hit men to prevent his displacing her.

The final battle reveals which approach is stronger--it is not as straight forward as you think.

Just like in Scanners (I), not enough of what scanners were famous for--blowing up heads. How expensive can this special effect be anyway?

This movie is not a bad waste of viewing time and the sister is not hard on the eyes -- one brief nude scene in a hot tub.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

what did I just watch?

Author: ElWormo from United Kingdom
7 June 2016

Scanners 3 could just be the most unrelentingly ludicrous film in movie history, no exaggeration. I'm actually surprised it doesn't seem to have built up a retro cult fanbase the way movies like Troll 2, The Room or Samurai Cop have. I think it could easily reach those giddy heights of 'so-bad-it's-ridiculous' acclaim if enough of the right audience saw it. It veers like a drunk on steroids from one totally demented set piece to another, never pausing long enough to ask itself wtf is going on. The acting is gloriously OTT, especially from the female lead who comes across like the ultimate pantomime baddie, cackling sneering and roaring her way through the film with a luminous green flashing circle stuck behind her ear (don't ask).

It seems pointless describing much more. If you're a fan of the bizarre, the absurd, the bad, the twisted, the preposterous, the uncanny and the warped, then enter this way and bring a crash helmet. It's years since I saw Cronenburg's original and I can't even remember if I saw the first sequel, but Scanners 3 must surely stand alone as probably the most bonkers piece of cinema, of the 1990s at least, but possibly ever?

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14 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

If looks could kill . . .

Author: Ysman ( from United States
16 August 1999

OK, I wasn't expecting Citizen Kane but this movie rivals Corey Haim's FEVER LAKE as the worst horror movie ever. I knew the plot, acting, and script would be bad. That was exactly why I was watching it. What made this film bad was the fight scenes. The two main Scanners just gave each other dirty looks. The Scanner with the weirdest, body contorting, facial expression will rule the world. If this is how Scanning works, every little kid in the world is a Scanner. Maybe they are . . .

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:


Author: u-l-t-r-a-n-o-o-b-e-r
7 July 2015

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This movie is misunderstood. It caters to a very specific audience that enjoys seeing power abused to create injustice. Much like other movies of this type, much of the movie focuses on the main villain. The villain uses their disproportionately powerful abilities for pleasure and profit. People who look too deep into the plot will be disappointed for they didn't grasp that the movie is a pornography for power, affluence, and domination.

If you enjoy seeing people struggle from the overpowering supernatural abilities of an immoral female protagonist disguised as an antagonist, then this movie is definitely for you. There are very few like it, and in that sense, this movie is a gem. Other movies that resemble to this on are Supergirl, Stardust, I Dream of Genie, Zap 3, and Matilda. All of which had a poor score because most didn't understand what the target audience was.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Iconic exploding head

Author: David Massey from Austin, Texas
9 April 2014

'Scanners 3: The Takeover' is actually a bit of a mini-epic. It doesn't have half the budget of the previous film and there are some off-the-wall, kooky performances from almost all of the characters but this is definitely the better – and by better, I mean camp fun - of the 2 films. The film begins with an introduction to Alex Monet, a brash Scanner that has reduced his abilities to a literal party trick. When he absent-mindedly kills his best friend at one such party, he decides, in an effort of contrition, to find a way to better hone his powers. This leads him to the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. Meanwhile, his sister, Helena Monet, (who is the heir to the pharmaceutical company that is working on a 'cure' for the previously-described side effects of the scanning mutation) is experimenting with said drug, turning her into a power-hungry megalomaniac. Much as the original 'Scanners' introduced the ability to control computers, Helena attempts to control people by passing a 'scanner signal' through pre-recorded video. When Alex returns, it is a cat and mouse game pitting brother against sister.

There is no doubt in my mind that the spark that inspired these follow-ups was the singularly iconic exploding head from the original and these sequels do not let down. There is a surplus of gooey gore and a sense that each death is an attempt to outdo the last. If you're after the headier (no pun intended) aspirations of Cronenberg, you are bound to be disappointed with these. If you are hoping to see fountains of blood spewing from the skulls of random characters, this is the place.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

An okay installment to the series.

Author: Prolox from Canada
2 August 2005

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In SCANNERS 3, a young man's sister who's a scanner like him flips out & decides to take over the world & create a new legion of scanners, when he finds out whats going on, he teams with his sister's best friend to try & stop her & possibly save her from what she has become. SCANNERS 3 so far, is the last chapter in the series before the spin offs SCANNER COP 1 & 2 arrived & even though it lacked the charm of the first two, this one did not miss by much either & unlike most sequels, was never boring, the special effects were kind of dull when compared to what seen in the first two, but the great story lines, plot twists interesting characters & actors are still here, worth a look for fans of the series, but don't bother seeing this if you hated the first two. Followed by a spin off installments starting with SCANNER COP

*** stars

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Incredibly Bad. "Is it a local call?" What the hell was this?

Author: qmtv from United States
5 February 2017

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Incredibly Bad. "Is it a local call?" What the hell was this? Bad acting. Bad story. Bad cinematography. It was still a little better than Scanners 2. They had a budget and they blew it. Next time, think about it before filming.

Incredibly Bad. "Is it a local call?" What the hell was this? Bad acting. Bad story. Bad cinematography. It was still a little better than Scanners 2. They had a budget and they blew it. Next time, think about it before filming.

Incredibly Bad. "Is it a local call?" What the hell was this? Bad acting. Bad story. Bad cinematography. It was still a little better than Scanners 2. They had a budget and they blew it. Next time, think about it before filming.

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