Aka "Scanners 4: Scanner Cop"
Initially I thought this fourth entry into the “Scanners” franchise was going to be an absolute turkey. Why? Well for one it sounded like hokey take on the Scanner lore by its title and premises and for the fact the third entry was absolutely dire. Wanting to complete the franchise I decided to spurge and order the Canadian DVD release and was pleasantly surprised on what a solid science fiction B-movie it was. It made me almost forget about “Scanners 3”… almost.
Considered by some to be a “spin-off” of the Scanners franchise (whatever, it’s still the fourth entry and third sequel in my book) has producer Pierre David (producer of the first three films) also take on second duty as director. He won’t win any artistic awards be he does a competent job by keeping the film moving at a nice pace even if the killer’s motivations are rather weak. The special effects are fine for a low budget, direct-to-video sequel with the typical bulging veins and the obligatory exploding head (though it pales to the original film).
“Scanner Cop” is not a half bad B-movie sequel and far better than I ever thought it would be. The plot offers something new for fans of the franchise, the special effects are adequate and the cast is good, especially Daniel Quinn in the title role. It was such a successful rental that a direct sequel would follow entitled “Scanners: The Showdown”. A sequel with returning characters? FINALLY!!
Written By Eric Reifschneider