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07.15.2014
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It was 1981, when movies still used practical effects and David Cronenberg gave us perhaps the most infamous sci-fi horror scenes of all time. You might have never seen SCANNERS, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen the well-known scene from the movie. You may have even used the GIF version on this site, maybe after we told you Ben Affleck was going to play Batman? Or you have seen it on other (not as awesome) comment boards around the Internet without knowing it was actually from SCANNERS.

The Criterion Collection recently shared this video that explains how the head explosion scene in SCANNERS was accomplished. It turns out that it was actually a lot of hard work to make Louis Del Grande’s head explode. Man that must have been the best day on the set though, speaking for all gore fanatics, I’m sure we would have all loved to be there.

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10:27AM on 07/16/2014
Just got the criterion bluray last night and watched that. Amazing. I am Canadian and big time supporter of Cronenberg! Scanners rocks!
Just got the criterion bluray last night and watched that. Amazing. I am Canadian and big time supporter of Cronenberg! Scanners rocks!
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8:12AM on 07/16/2014

Wow! That's mind-blowing!

I wish practical effects were still considered viable these days. So tired of shoddy CGI, even with $200 million movies. If they spent $100 million on 25% CGI and the rest practical for most flicks, shit would be indistinguishable for the discerning eye of fans like me.
I wish practical effects were still considered viable these days. So tired of shoddy CGI, even with $200 million movies. If they spent $100 million on 25% CGI and the rest practical for most flicks, shit would be indistinguishable for the discerning eye of fans like me.
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8:10AM on 07/16/2014
Way back when, a friend of mine got a new VHS player that did pretty decent slow-mo considering the technology and we watched this scene to kind of "test it". I'm pretty sure I remember right before the head explodes the eyeballs kind of get sucked in. No idea how that would happen if it was the result of a shotgun blast, but that's definitely how it looked.
Way back when, a friend of mine got a new VHS player that did pretty decent slow-mo considering the technology and we watched this scene to kind of "test it". I'm pretty sure I remember right before the head explodes the eyeballs kind of get sucked in. No idea how that would happen if it was the result of a shotgun blast, but that's definitely how it looked.
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12:51AM on 07/16/2014
I remember this movie but havent seen it since it in a very long time, remember my mother watching it on VHS.
I remember this movie but havent seen it since it in a very long time, remember my mother watching it on VHS.
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9:25PM on 07/15/2014
And this, kids, is why practical effects are so much better than CGI.
And this, kids, is why practical effects are so much better than CGI.
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8:02PM on 07/15/2014
Holy shit! A shotgun?! Wow. That's unbelievably dangerous/awesome.
Holy shit! A shotgun?! Wow. That's unbelievably dangerous/awesome.
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