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


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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


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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Scanners against scanners... The battle for total control has begun. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

14 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scanners III: The Takeover See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »


Box Office


CAD5,400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was called Scanner Force in the UK See more »


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?
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Referenced in Supernatural: Peace of Mind (2019) See more »


Composed by Tony Roman
Performed by Tony Roman
Produced by Tony Roman
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The RoboCop Syndrome
10 September 2011 | by t_atzmuellerSee 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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