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Arcade (1993)

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

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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 some of the 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... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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One step beyond virtual reality...let the game begin! See more »

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Arcade - A Realidade Mortal  »

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The film's CGI effects ended up redone because director Albert Pyun and producer/Full Moon CEO Charles Band were not happy with how the effects turned out, which is another factor that led to the film's release being delayed. See more »

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Alex Manning: You're the donor?
Arcade: The donor... was a little boy! His mommy hit him until he went to sleep forever. But Vertigo-tronics stole his pain and I was born! Now no one can play with me ANYMORE!
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References Supêsu Inbêdâ (1978) See more »

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Written and Performed by Peter Kenvin and Rick Harchol
Terrortunes Music (ASCAP)
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Game chance
4 April 2009 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Original (excludng Disney's actually inferior hit 'Tron') Full Moon picture whereby a group of slightly irritating youngsters get wrapped in a game called 'Arcade' down at the local bargain basement, ummm, arcade. The cast is a staggering one considering the low budget (though at the time they were largely unknown). Lead Megan Ward (also in Full Moon's 'Crash and Burn'; 'Trancers 2/3') is a fantastic actress and the now successful director/producer/writer/actor Peter Billingsley, A.J. Langer and Seth Green are among the other teens. To give the film some Sci-Fi credibility we have Star Trek's John de Lancie. The effects, though good considering budget and scope are too adventurous for their own success and frequently characters sucked in to the game look like they are not in the game at all merely wearing tight all-in-one swimsuits and pretending to touch or hold game components (which in reality they are). Megan Ward is an unlikely heroine which adds to the credibility (not all hero/heroine types are built for the role) and the cast have striking chemistry. Put any understanding of big budget CGI and your own knowledge of computer graphics aside to really appreciate this film and you may be pleasantly surprised. Writer David S. Goyer who wrote a few Full Moon films including 'Demonic Toys' has achieved great mainstream Hollywood success since and this is probably significant on his path there (as it was for stars Ward, Green and Langer). Director Albert Pyun is generally pretty poor and this is - without doubt - his best work. Good, (and except for some pointless bad language) clean, fun.


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