10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can’t Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.

Categories: Science Fiction, Horror
After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1981-01-14
Run time: 103 minute / 1:43
Budget: $4,100,000
Revenue: $14,225,876
Director: David Cronenberg
Production Companies : Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), Filmplan
Production Country: Canada


Jennifer O'Neill
as Kim Obrist
Stephen Lack
as Cameron Vale
Patrick McGoohan
as Dr. Paul Ruth
Lawrence Dane
as Braedon Keller
Michael Ironside
as Darryl Revok
Robert A. Silverman
as Benjamin Pierce
Lee Broker
as Security One
Mavor Moore
as Trevellyan
Adam Ludwig
as Arno Crostic
Murray Cruchley
as Programmer 1
Fred Döderlein
as Dieter Tautz
Géza Kovács
as Killer in Record Store
Sonny Forbes
as Killer in Attic
Jérôme Tiberghien
as Killer in Attic
Denis Lacroix
as Killer in Barn
Elizabeth Mudry
as Killer in Barn
Victor Désy
as Dr. Gatineau
Louis Del Grande
as First Scanner
Anthony Sherwood
as Scanner in Attic
Ken Umland
as Scanner in Attic
Anne Anglin
as Scanner in Attic
Jock Brandis
as Scanner in Attic
Jack Messinger
as Scanner at Door
Victor Knight
as Dr. Frane
Karen Fullerton
as Pregnant Girl
Margaret Gadbois
as Woman in Mall
Terrance P. Coady
as Security 1 Car Passenger
Steve Michaels
as Security 1 Car Driver
Malcolm Nelthorpe
as Security 2 Car Driver
Nicholas Kilbertus
as Security 2 Car Partner
Don Buchsbaum
as Large Man in Mall
Roland Nincheri
as Large Man in Mall
Kimberly McKeever
as Hallucinating Guard
Robert Boyd
as Hallucinating Guard
Graham Batchelor
as Yoga Technician
Dean Hagopian
as Programmer 2
Alex Stevens
as Programmer 3
Neil Affleck
as Student
John Brasington
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
Christopher Britton
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
Jack Canon
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
Richard Chapman Jr.
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
Leon Herbert
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
William Hope
as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
Thomas Kovacs
as Boyfriend (uncredited)
Ian McQue
as Scanner / Security Guard (uncredited)
Chuck Shamata
as Tony (uncredited)
Sam Stone
as Security Guard (uncredited)
David Cronenberg Director

David Cronenberg Writer

Ronald Sanders Editor

Howard Shore Original Music Composer

Mark Irwin Director of Photography

Carol Spier Art Direction

Claude Héroux Producer
Pierre David Executive Producer
Victor Solnicki Executive Producer

Costume & Make-Up
Delphine White Costume Design

Stephan Dupuis Makeup Effects
Gary Zeller Special Effects

Costume & Make-Up
Dick Smith Makeup Artist

Dick Smith Makeup Effects

Peter Burgess Supervising Sound Editor

Chris Walas Makeup Effects

Bruce Nyznik Sound Editor

Don Buchsbaum Production Manager

Charles R. Bowers Sound Editor

Costume & Make-Up
Constant Natale Hairstylist
Brigitte McCaughry Makeup Artist

Peter Jermyn Sound Editor
Don Cohen Sound Designer

Tom Schwartz Makeup Effects

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