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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on David Cronenberg's 'Scanners'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2013 at 11:30AM

Mick Garris' House of Horrors continues at Trailers from Hell with director Garris introducing David Cronenberg's Canadian telekinetic thriller, "Scanners."
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"Scanners"
David Cronenberg's "Scanners" "Scanners"

Mick Garris' House of Horrors continues at Trailers from Hell with director Garris introducing David Cronenberg's Canadian telekinetic thriller, "Scanners."

"10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can't Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode." Heads exploded at Avco Embassy Pictures when Cronenberg's film grossed an unexpectedly hefty $14 million, setting the company on a course of profitable genre pix throughout the early '80s. Two sequels (The New Order, The Takeover) and two spinoffs (Scanner Cop 1 and 2) appeared in the following decade. In 2007 a remake was announced but hasn't happened.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.