This is easily one of
the most famous (and notorious) scenes in all of horror movie history!
Director, David Cronenberg ("The Fly", "Dead Ringers", "Crash", "Dead
Zone", the creepy killer in "Night Breed", etc.) definitely put
himself on the moviemaking map with this killer sci-fi horror film in
1981. This scene in particular is even referenced in movies many years
later, like Wayne's World and a few others that escape my memory at
the moment. But for those poor bastards that haven't seen this movie,
here's a little rundown on what happens.
In this strange world (well it's Canada... same difference), there are
telepathic people in the world known as "scanners", but they are
social misfits due to their incapacity to control their abilities,
hence making them go schizophrenic. But a miracle drug has been found
to control their telepathic powers, thus making them useful for sly
government sneakery. So all of these events leads us up to this scene
of jolly good ol' fun.
The scene starts with a showcase showing to the press and important
government officials how effectively the drug works with by using a
docile scanner to show off his abilities. So he calls on a participant
from the crowd to show an example of his powers. Little does he know
that he unwittingly called up an assassin scanner, Michael Ironside,
to make his life miserable!
Check out Michael
Ironside's face in this scene, it looks like he's enjoying this a
little TOO much! That or maybe he has a little too much fiber in his
It doesn't look like his
weaker scanner friend isn't having too much fun right now. Gee, I
wonder why that could be? Hmmmm...
Ok, I've had some really
bad migraines in the past, but this one definitely takes the cake! But
this is pretty much the "Citizen Kane" of head exploding scenes for
Fun Fact about this scene for all you kids that want to do this at
home: this scene was done by a latex head stuffed to the brim with
rabbit livers and dog food. How did they make it explode? Easy…they
blasted it in the back of the head with a 12 gauge shotgun! Fun!
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