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Watch: David Cronenberg And VFX Team Reveal How They Made the Exploding Head In 'Scanners'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 15, 2014 2:05 PM
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There are movies with heads exploding and then there's David Cronenberg's "Scanners." The 1980 sci-fi film is still one of the director's finest hours, and one of the best the genre has ever seen. But most of all, while some movies from the era haven't aged very well, "Scanners" has one sequence that is still jaw dropping to this today.

Yep, we're talking about the the moment when Louis Del Grande's head gets magnificently blown up. But as you might expect, it wasn't an easy effect to pull off believably. And in this brief featurette, courtesy of The Criterion Collection who released the film on DVD and Blu-ray last week, Cronenberg and members of the VFX team share how they finally got the shot. And the story is pretty terrific, and we're not going to spoil it here to except to say that sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Watch below.

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  • burkiss | July 15, 2014 2:21 PMReply

    No mention of Dick Smith?????????

  • Michael Lennick | July 17, 2014 3:06 PM

    Thanks for your comment (and all those entirely-appropriate question marks.) I was the writer/director of "The Scanners Way", the 23 minute documentary from which this clip is excerpted, which appears in its entirety on Criterion's new release. Rest assured that Mr. Smith's monumental contributions to "Scanners" are thoroughly covered in our film. That said, his participation mainly involved the climactic final duel (referred to by the crew as the "scan-off"). Mr. Smith was not involved with Louis del Grande's exploding head sequence. That was the work of Chris Walas, Stephan Dupuis and the film's effects supervisor, the late, great Gary Zeller.

  • OrdellR | July 15, 2014 2:20 PMReply

    Does it even need to be said?

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