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Auteur Theory

Mar 6, 2018

We've all seen the meme. How better to succinctly over-express in GIF-form your annoyance at the latest pop hit or your hatred of Mondays? But do you know its origins?

It's the literally-explosive opening to David Cronenberg's 1981 dueling psychics sci-fi thriller Scanners. The iconic image was powerful enough to make it a hit for 80s moviegoers, a mainstay on late-night cable, and spawned a bevy of increasingly mediocre, Cronenberg-less sequels, spin-offs - and wasn't there a cheap, short-lived TV show in the 90s? - We could be wrong about that one, but it sounds about right.

But how does Cronenberg's original hold up? Nick and Chris are joined by Stephen Andolfo, of Phoenix's own Samurai Comics, to revisit the clairvoyant head-explosion that started it all.