R | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.
This was the nearest thing to a conventional science fiction thriller David Cronenberg had made up to that point, lacking the sexual content of Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), or The Brood (1979). It was also his most profitable film until The Fly (1986) six years later.
Kim Obrist: I was scanned. The woman in the waiting room...
Cameron Vale: She scanned you?
Kim Obrist: No, not her. Her child. Her unborn child scanned me.
Cameron Vale: That's what the Ripe program is. The doctors on the computer list are giving ephemerol to their pregnant patients.
Kim Obrist: I...
When Cameron "scans" the mainframe computer from the gas station telephone booth, the handset and its cord are clearly wrapped in layers of black plastic gaffer's tape. This is present throughout the entire scene and was likely done in an attempt to camouflage the special effects used in the violent destruction of the handset at the end of the sequence.
As the credits end, the words "Max Security Self Destruct Seconds 1" flash on the screen, then the screen flashes green, as if someone shut the monitor off.
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