When I was a kid, this was one that boys longed to watch and couldn't get to see. Seeing it on video when that became possible, it wasn't a disappointment, and today, despite its faults, the film still has a lot to offer.
First, the five core players all aquit them selves quite well. Patrick McGoohan didn't have enough meaty roles to apply his skills to in his career, but is always a pleasure to watch. It's nice to be reminded of the absolutely gorgeous Jennifer O'Neil. And what- Michael Ironside with hair ? Amazing !
The story, which I won't go into, is a short one, but nicely compact and rather claustrophobic, to enhance the paranoia surrounding the good Scanners, and indeed all the stakeholders.
OK, it's simple, the effects by today's standards can be seen as weak, and a lot more negatives can be said.
However, it still entertains and impresses with its compactness, almost minimalism, and as I say, I think it's all well played.
In this case, nostaglia is what it used to be, and I will watch this again.
One might hope for a remake- there are many good older Sci Fi/ Horror movies that could benefit from today's special effects, but when you consider the failure of the remake of "The Crazies", perhaps let's just keep this one as an enjoyable snapshot of a style associated with that period.
And if you've no empathy with that period, you may well hate it, but me, I do like it. Four stars.