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Scanners III: The Takeover (1991)

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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Christian Duguay

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David Cronenberg (characters), B.J. Nelson | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liliana Komorowska ... Helena Monet
Valérie Valois ... Joyce Stone
Steve Parrish ... Alex Monet
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Elton Monet
Daniel Pilon ... Michael
Peter Wright Peter Wright ... Mark Dragon
Sith Sekae Sith Sekae ... Monk
Harry Hill ... Dr. Baumann
Claire Cellucci Claire Cellucci ... Suzy
Michael Copeman ... Mitch
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... Thomas
Jean Frenette ... Max
Sylvain Beauchamps Sylvain Beauchamps ... Rufus
Gaston Perreault 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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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, and for sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scanners III: The Takeover See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lead & main villain played by Liliana Komorowska is the wife of the film's director Christian Duguay. He also directed Scanners II. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thomas Drake: Hey Alex! It's a long way from Baumann's clinic, huh?
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Featured in Inside Scan: The Takeover (2005) See more »

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Iconic exploding head
9 April 2014 | by basil1984See all my reviews

'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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