Friday, October 9, 2015

David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' is an eye-popping treat for sci-fi lovers at the Enzian

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:28 AM

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Until Netflix unleashes new episodes of Black Mirror, intrigued audiences should realize “I am one of you” and join like-minded sci-fi fans at the Enzian. Because if there was ever a person you should let scrape the insides of your mind, it’s director David Cronenberg. His provocative commentary on human psychology and how it’s impacted by futuristic technology reveals with a trembling hand the truer terror of our buried thoughts exhumed to consume us (in full gory detail). Add the campiness of Cronenberg’s unusual eye, and it’s impossible to break gaze with the screen. The first real glimpse of his steady hand holding a magnifying glass to humanity and all its society-advancing self-mutilation was in his 1981 breakout film, Scanners. (Although this cult classic was more like an evil genius idly creating a fire through the magnifying glass, exploding heads, bursting veins and setting bodies ablaze.) Go scan it again – the outdated technology adds a fresh smirk to relieve some tension.

11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 | The Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $9-$11

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