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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Alternate Head Explosion: "Scanners" (David Cronenberg, 1981) (video)

(Caution: contains graphic SPFX violence)

The most stunning scene in David Cronenberg's "Scanners"... undoubtedly the infamous head explosion.

A duplicate of actor Louis Del Grande's head was made and filled with various gooey substances. 
Different methods of exploding it were tried, but none looked convincing.

One of them, using actual explosives, can be seen in the film's trailer.
It's obvious why it didn't work, but still interesting to watch.

Finally it was decided to simply blast the fake head from behind with a shotgun.
And thus, the iconic head explosion as seen by shocked audiences in the final film. 

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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