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Released 1981
Distributor AVCO Embassy Pictures

“10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can’t Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.”
Heads exploded at Avco Embassy Pictures when David Cronenberg’s Canadian telekinetic thriller grossed an unexpectedly hefty $14 million, setting the company on a course of profitable genre pix throughout the early ’80s. Two sequels (The New Order, The Takeover) and two spinoffs (Scanner Cop 1 and 2) appeared in the following decade. In 2007 a remake was announced but hasn’t happened.

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris will be Executive Producing a film for Universal called Unbroken. It is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing. Previously, Garris created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link!  Mick’s latest books “Snow Shadows” and “Tyler’s Third Act” are now out from Cemetery Dance. A new novella, “Ugly”, and new Hollywood desert noir novel, “SALOME”, will be coming out this year.