Scanners III: The Takeover
|Scanners III: The Takeover|
|Directed by||Christian Duguay|
|Produced by||Pierre David|
|Written by||B.J. Nelson|
|Based on||Characters created|
by David Cronenberg
|Music by||Marty Simon|
|Cinematography||Hugues de Haeck|
|Edited by||Yves Langlois|
|Distributed by||Malofilm Distribution|
Scanners III: The Takeover (also known as Scanner Force in UK) is a 1992 science fiction horror film and second sequel to the film Scanners, and the last film in the trilogy. It was directed by Christian Duguay. The film received mixed reception from fans and viewers, and is the least successful Scanners film to be released. Once again, this sequel has a different set of characters.
This film also features a few actors from Scanners II: The New Order. For instance, Jason Cavalier from The New Order (with the exploding tumor) here plays a punk leader.
Helena Monet (Liliana Komorowska), a Scanner is troubled by the painful side-effects of her telepathic powers. This drives her to try her adoptive father's untested, experimental drug called Eph-3 (pronounced "F3"), a variant of the drug Ephemerol prescribed to Scanners to help attenuate the myriad voices (representing the thoughts of people around them) which their natural, inborn telepathy otherwise forces them to hear. Her use of Eph-3 causes her to lose her sense of moral conscience, making her into a megalomaniac. She kills her father (Colin Fox) and takes over his pharmaceutical company. Her long-lost adopted brother Alex, also a Scanner, is alerted to her dangerous behavior and attempts to stop her.
As her rise to power and desire for global dominance gains momentum, her brother must fend off the attackers whom she has sent after him and ultimately defeat his sister to save the world.
The film was released on VHS in the United States by Republic Pictures, in Canada by Malofilm Home Video and in the UK by First Independent Films. A DVD version of the film is included in the Scanners Trilogy box set released only in the EU by Starz Home Entertainment. This box also includes the first and second Scanner film. Shout! Factory's new horror label Scream Factory released a Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray edition on September 10, 2013.
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