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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

brilliant but frightening movie

10/10
Author: Laurin Castle from Cologne-City, Germany
3 November 2005

I have never seen a movie like this before, watching this made me frightened. But the movie "Mind Games" was great and stays still in my memory after long time. There were some parts of action in it, I never will forget. my compliment to the small boy for acting in this movie, because I think, this movie was more cruelly than a horror-movie. I want to see this movie again, but in Germany it is not possible. The highest voting 10/10 from me for this old movie !!! I'm wondering, if the boy had ever the possibility to watch his own movie, he worked and acted for. This movie was never shown in the German TV. I'm wondering, what the boy think today about acting in "Mind Games" ??? This movie is special...

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Family on vacation befriends stranger and later regrets it

Author: StormW from Ohio, USA
18 March 1999

Pretty good film for your typical family in trouble suspense / thriller. Family goes to the country to bond, meets a traveling guy ( Caulfield ) with lots of advice, befriend him and take him into confidence. Caulfield decides to use the family as his own personal psych experiment and dad ( Albert ) has to try and save his family from a lunatic. Worth a rental.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Much Underrated

10/10
Author: CaperGuy from United States
3 August 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Mind Games (1989) is a very memorable movie with a plausible plot and subplot. The part of the sociopath (Caulfield) was masterful and the strained dynamic between the married couple was well played. I felt that the movie was not a typical horror flick because the motives of the sociopath were not transparent but they were revealed slowly but surely through his journal. This film goes to show how one twisted individual can wreak havoc on unwitting people. It further illustrates why families should be protected and why strangers should be kept away from children. The film was very, very suspenseful and horribly entertaining.

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Your typical '80s "thriller" schlock.

2/10
Author: xfile1971 from Northbrook, IL, USA
26 March 2004

The plot to this film is the generic "family in peril" type of movie that was all the rage back in the day. An unhappily married couple and their 10 year old son go on vacation in their camper. The boy wanders off one day and comes across a shirtless man in the woods playing a flute. Well...he does what any boy in this situation would do. He befriends the guy and brings him back to the camper to join his family for dinner.

So does this stranger turn out to be a psycho? You betcha! That doesn't seem to bother the boy's parents and soon the stranger is invited to tag along on their family vacation. You already know what's going to happen because it's the same as what ALWAYS happens in this type of film. The stranger sleeps with the unhappy wife. Then he decides that the father needs to depart from the land of the living.

There is no nudity, very little violence and a whole bucketful of predictable boredom. I'd recommend watching "Cape Fear" again if you want to see a much better film of this type. 2/10

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