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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writers:

David Cronenberg (characters), B.J. Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hewlett ... David Kellum
Deborah Raffin ... Julie Vale
Yvan Ponton ... Commander John Forrester
Isabelle Mejias ... Alice Leonardo
Tom Butler ... Doctor Morse
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Peter Drak (as Raoul Trujillo)
Vlasta Vrana ... Lt. Gelson
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... George Kellum
Doris Petrie Doris Petrie ... Susan Kellum
Dorothée Berryman ... Mayor
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Feck
David Francis David Francis ... Gruner
Stephen Zarou Stephen Zarou ... Walter
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Chief Stokes
Jason Cavalier ... Convenience Store Thug
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Storyline

Good and evil scanners combatting when a crooked politician schemes to gain control of a major city. Scanners are people who, because their mothers had taken a certain drug during pregnancy, have acquired telepathic powers. One scanner escapes from a mental center and is hired by the politician to use his powers to gain control of others minds, and then, their actions. Written by Ørnås

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They can do anything if they put their mind to it! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and graphic sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

28 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agyfürkészők 2. - Az új rendszer See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To appease the MPAA, which was being particularly critical of horror movies during that era, the filmmakers shot numerous variations of scenes to enable them to create R-rated, unrated and TV edits of the film. See more »

Quotes

Peter Drak: [Is shining with a flashlight in David's eyes, which disorientates him] Hey, Davy. Time for a little one on one.
David Kellum: We're both scanners, Drak. Why help them? They're just gonna use you and throw you away, you know it, you told me!
Peter Drak: What are you gonna do Dave, be my best friend?
[grins]
Peter Drak: [unleashes scanner attacks on David]
David Kellum: We can work together, all of us. Protect each other. Put our powers to some decent use.
Peter Drak: I like this use.
[throws David against the wall with scanner powers]
Peter Drak: Power doesn't make you ...
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Connections

References Something About Love (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Mind to Mind
Written by Aldo Nova & Marty Simon
Performed by Alan Jordan
Courtesy of ATV Music / Polygram Music Publishing Inc.
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Decent sequel.
18 December 2000 | by pleiades10See all my reviews

Nothing can match the brilliance of David Cronenberg's original Scanners, but this first sequel does a good job of coming close.

The plot is essentially the same. Nice guy scanner doesn't understand his powers, hones his abilities, and eventually enters into a scanning war with an evil scanner. Some details are changed here and there, such as the police chief who wants to use scanners to accomplish a radical new shift in local government, and the long lost sister of the nice guy scanner that enables the hero to "possess" a target as opposed to scan him to death.

Scanners 2, like the original, has a reputation for being terribly gory. In reality, there are only two scenes of true gore, (an exploding head, and a spurting tumor on the back of a criminal's neck) but plenty of people flung against walls from unseen mental forces. A few folks end up with deformed faces, but no blood. The final climactic battle is very toned down, and results only in a burned-out corpse shown briefly.

The plot does have some references to the protagonists from the original film, but it is not necessary to see the first movie before seeing this one.


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