Horror movies have given us some great exploding-head gags over the years, but few are more memorable than the one featured in David Cronenberg’s Scanners. Even if you’ve never seen the film, odds are you’ve seen a GIF of Louis Del Grande’s head disintegrating somewhere on the Internet (most likely, a comment section). It’s one of those effects that was brutally shocking in its day – and has managed to stand the test of time.
Now that Scanners has been released as part of the Criterion Collection, fans can see how this amazing piece of practical FX work was achieved in a new featurette included on the disc. Chris Walas and other members of the FX team reveal how they struggled to get just the right look for the sequence, how they tried various head molds that didn’t work, and how they actually detonated the head in the sequence used on film. If you love gore and behind-the-scenes stories about practical special effects, this is something you’ll want to watch.
Check out the explosive clip below, but you might want to put on a raincoat before you press play. Things are about to get splattery.
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