Tomorrow, David Cronenberg’s 1981 film Scanners gets inducted into the Criterion Collection, which is the highest home video honor any film can receive. Joining previous horror movies like The Devil’s Backbone, Rosemary’s Baby and The Silence of the Lambs, Scanners comes home in the form of both a DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, both offerings loaded with exciting bonus features.
In addition to showcasing a brand new restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, tomorrow’s Criterion Release also includes a new interview with actor Michael Ironside, a 2012 interview with Stephen Lack and a 1981 radio interview with Cronenberg, along with a brand new documentary about the film’s special effects.
Of course, the scene most memorable from Scanners is the one where a dude’s head explodes into pieces, a gruesome moment that has become a truly iconic piece of horror movie history. Even if you’ve never seen the movie it’s likely that you’ve seen GIFs and clips of the scene, which is one of the goriest of all time.
How was the scene pulled off? The folks over at the Criterion Collection have just uploaded a snippet from the special effects documentary included on tomorrow’s release, which shows you exactly how it was done. So take a sneak peek at the release by checking out the clip below, which should whet your appetite for more telepathic terror!
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 mind was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States.