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Brainscan (1994)

A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.

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John Flynn

Writers:

Brian Owens (story), Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Michael
Frank Langella ... Detective Hayden
T. Ryder Smith ... The Trickster
Amy Hargreaves ... Kimberly
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ... Kyle
Victor Ertmanis Victor Ertmanis ... Martin
David Hemblen ... Dr. Fromberg
Vlasta Vrana ... Frank
Domenico Fiore Domenico Fiore ... Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... News Anchor
Tod Fennell ... Young Michael (as Tod Fennel)
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Stacie (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
Dean Hagopian Dean Hagopian ... Mr. Keller
Donna Baccala Donna Baccala ... Mrs. Keller (as Donna Bacalla)
Jérôme Tiberghien Jérôme Tiberghien ... Mr. Tebb (as Jerome Thiberghian)
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Storyline

A lonely teenage horror-movie fan discovers a mysterious computer game that uses hypnosis to custom-tailor the game into the most terrifying experience imaginable. When he emerges from the hypnotic trance he is horrified to find evidence that the brutal murder depicted in the game actually happened -- and he's the killer. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Game Over... You Lose! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain Scan See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,725,000, 24 April 1994

Gross USA:

$4,264,509
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

T. Ryder Smith (who played Trickster) admitted he was the uncredited voice of Igor, Michael's automated phone program. The voiceover was recorded with Smith doing three different impersonations. He says the filmmakers used his impersonation of Boris Karloff. See more »

Goofs

Trickster introduces himself simply as "Trickster," but he's credited as "The Trickster." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Michael: [Older Michael lays in bed having a nightmare about the scene of his parents accident, seeing his younger self laying on the operating table calling out] Mom! Mom!
Young Michael: [Michael see's his younger self in the street of the accident over his dead father] Mom! Mom! Somebody help us!
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits start, we hear the trickster say "Hey wait, it's not over yet" and the credits screen shatters as if it was made of glass. It then shows a scene involving the dog with the dismembered foot from earlier in the film, and then the end credits resume See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK Guild video was cut by 58 secs with edits to a scene where a man is repeatedly stabbed and his foot severed. The cuts were waived for the Optimum DVD release. See more »

Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beginning/Two of Me
Performed by Old
Written by Jimmy Plotkin
Courtesy of Earache Records
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Hmmmm, delish
14 September 2000 | by Snap DadSee all my reviews

This movie is the cream of the crop of B-grade movies. This seems to be a follow on from Terminator II which stars Edward Furlong as a starring role, the producers loving it because he's "Hot" apparently, and Edward loving it because it's about him.

This kid is sent the latest in video game technology, an interactive VR experience which sees him kill another human being, the catch being he's not allowed to leave any witness's or clues. You guessed it, it turns out to be real, and he is suspected for murder.

The only way he can clear his name is to keep playing the game and try to cover his tracks, but move bodies pile up until it's all just too much for a sixteen year old to bare.

The preformances are all top notch, except for the main ten actors, it's surprisingly watchable if it's late and there's nothing else on. The villan, a cyber-spook called the "Trickster" is supposed to be sinister, despite outbursts of comic relief behaviour, such as dancing around the boys bedroom to Primus' "Welcome to this world".

Overall a good effort, and like i said, it's the cream of the B-grade crop.


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