Michael Sauter
November 15, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Scanners 2: The New Order

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
performer
David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin
director
Christian Duguay
distributor
Fox Home Video
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror

We gave it a D

Neither of these sequels would ever have been made without the built-in audience that turned the originals into video hits. But renter beware: The follow-ups offer more of the same with none of the frills. They’re not sequels so much as generic remakes. In Mannequin Two, Kristy Swanson and William Ragsdale replace Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy to retell the same old story about a department-store clerk who falls for a come-to-life mannequin. The first time around was silly enough; the second insults the intelligence of the average 12-year-old. Meanwhile, Scanners 2 features some nondescript actors playing telekinetic misfits exploited by government bad guys. Sound familiar? The first Scanners was directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly). Scanners 2 was directed by rote. Both tapes: D

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