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Arcade (1993)

R | | Sci-Fi | Video 30 March 1994
A virtual reality game begins taking over the minds of teenagers.

Director:

Albert Pyun

Writers:

Charles Band (story), David S. Goyer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Ward ... Alex Manning
Peter Billingsley ... Nick
John de Lancie ... Difford
Sharon Farrell ... Alex's mom
Seth Green ... Stilts
A.J. Langer ... Laurie
Bryan Dattilo ... Greg
Brandon Rane Brandon Rane ... Benz
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... DeLoache
Humberto Ortiz Humberto Ortiz ... Boy
Norbert Weisser ... Albert
Don Stark ... Finster
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Mrs. Weaver
Todd Starks Todd Starks ... Burt Manning
Alexandria Byrne Alexandria Byrne ... Kid at Arcade Parlour
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Storyline

Alex Manning is a troubled suburban teenager. Her mother committed suicide and the school counselor feels that she has not dealt with her feelings properly. Manning and her friends decide to visit the local video arcade known as "Dante's Inferno" where a new virtual reality arcade game called "Arcade" is being test marketed by a computer company CEO who is more than willing to hand out free samples of the home console version and hype up the game as if his job is depending on it, and it is. However, it soon becomes clear that the teenagers who play the game and lose are being imprisoned inside the virtual reality world by the central villain "Arcade". And it gets worse when a virtual reality game begins to take over the minds of teenagers. The computer company felt it would be a good idea to use a boy's brain cells in order to make the game's villain more realistic. Instead, it made the game deadly. And so now Nick and Alex must enlist the help of the game's programmer and head to the... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The game wants to play...with you! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arcade See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is well noted for its trouble getting released. The film was originally set to arrive on video in 1991 before being pushed to September of 1992 as well as February of 1993 and eventually pushed to March of 1994. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Just remember, it's only a program, it's not really alive. If things get too intense, you can always push the Escape button, and you're out of the game.
Alex Manning: What if the Escape button doesn't work?
Albert: Well then... we've got ourselves a pretty big glitch, don't we?
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Alternate Versions

The version of the film with the original CGI FX also surfaced onto videocassette in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Poland and has also been seen on Mexican TV. See more »


Soundtracks

Jane, Jane the Hurricane
Performed by Joker
Written by Johnny Angel
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Master blaster
5 December 2010 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Classic Full Moon video about a bunch of teens who try out a new video game, only to be sucked into it and trapped there. Dull, poorly executed and downright silly at times. You know you're in trouble when characters keep saying, "Virtual reality is the future!" However, this does have John DeLancie of "Star Trek:TNG" and the very pretty Megan Ward to keep us mildly interested. A young, pre-"Buffy" Seth Green plays a teen punk and Peter Billingsley of "A Christmas Story" fame is one of the teens. When my daughters were little, we never missed a Full Moon video, and this was made during the height of Full Moon's popularity. Cheap, down and dirty entertainment. Full Moon's laurels rests on its "Puppetmaster" series, which was only slightly better than other Full Moon titles. By the way, the attractive Ms. Ward turns up in several other low-budget videos of the period, including "Amityville: Time" and "Trancers 3."


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