Scanner Cop

Scanner Cop is a 1994 Canadian film. It is the fourth film in the Scanners series and the first film in the Scanner Cop series. It was written, produced, and directed by Pierre David. Daniel Quinn stars as the title character, a police officer with psychic powers.

Scanner Cop
Poster of the movie Scanner Cop.jpg
Film poster
Directed byPierre David
Produced byPierre David
Written byPierre David
Music byLouis Febre
CinematographyJacques Haitkin
Edited byJulian Semilian
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
95 minutes


Sam Staziak, a rookie cop with the Los Angeles Police Department, is also a 'Scanner' (a person born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities). When a string of murders begins to decimate the police department, Sam faces sensory overload and possible insanity as he uses his powers to hunt the man responsible for the killings.


The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc by Republic Pictures. A DVD has been released in Canada, along with the sequel Scanners: The Showdown (also known as Scanner Cop 2).


Empire rated it 2/5 stars and described it as a "moderately enjoyable horror movie, that suffers for its cast and script".[1] TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and wrote that the film "works as a solid exploitation item", though it criticized the police procedural aspects.[2] Glenn Kenny of Entertainment Weekly, in an article critiquing recent direct-to-video releases, rated it D+ and called the plot an excuse for "gruesome special effects".[3] Writing for Bloody Disgusting, Daniel Baldwin praised the film for taking the Scanners series in a new direction, describing it as "a tightly-written and paced cop thriller".[4]


  1. ^ "Scanner Cop Review". Empire. Retrieved May 27, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Scanner Cop". TV Guide. Retrieved May 27, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kenny, Glenn (July 22, 1994). "Scanner Cop". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Baldwin, Daniel (2016-09-26). "They'll Suck Your Brain Dry: Ranking the 'Scanners' Films". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2019-05-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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