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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.

Director:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Goodbye Reality! Welcome Virtual Reality! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kyle's full name is Kyle Hillard. 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 Trickster say "Wait a minute. Haven't you forgotten something?" 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 Sleepwalkers (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beginning/Two of Me
Performed by Old
Written by Jimmy Plotkin
Courtesy of Earache Records
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User Reviews

underrated horror classic of the 90's
8 February 2004 | by montese_crandallSee all my reviews

Brainscan used to be one of my favorite movies when I was in elementary school, and I recently purchased the DVD; and I must say how truly awesome this movie is. The story's about a disturbed teenager named Michael Brower (played by the asthmatic Edward Furlong) who is obsessed with death, horror movies, and heavy metal; and what ensues when he plays a virtual reality-like horror game called Brainscan. I must admit the Trixster was cheesy as hell--and what was with the hairstyle? But nonetheless, this will be remembered as one of the great, fun horror movies of the nineties, and is of cult status among a select group of horror fans. Another interesting tidbit is that this was one of Andrew Kevin Walker's first screenplays, who went on to write Seven and Sleepy Hollow. If you haven't seen it, rent it, or better yet, buy the DVD; this movie rocks.


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