David Cronenberg's Scanners provided a milestone moment in the horror genre: the exploding head scene. It's so shocking and visceral that it it simply can't be forgotten. And if you've ever wondered how the effects team pulled it off, then ponder no more: a new behind-the-scenes video that's part of The Criterion Collection Blu-ray and DVD release that came out today explores the trials of making the head explosion authentic, and the blast of improvisation that made it work.
“With Scanners, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human brain was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States.”
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