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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
T. Ryder Smith ...
Victor Ertmanis ...
David Hemblen ...
Vlasta Vrana ...
Domenico Fiore ...
Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley ...
Young Michael (as Tod Fennel)
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
Stacie (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
Dean Hagopian ...
Donna Baccala ...
Mrs. Keller (as Donna Bacalla)
Jérôme Tiberghien ...
Mr. Tebb (as Jerome Thiberghian)


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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Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brain Scan  »

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Box Office


$4,264,509 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The address that Michael lives at is 472 Thomson Point, Montview, NJ 07704 USA as stated by the letters that he goes through. See more »


Michael's area code is 717 which is located in Eastern Pennsylvania. However if you look closely at the letters that he sorts through and finds the Brainscan package, the state that he lives in is actually New Jersey. See more »


[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 »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


Performed by Pitchshifter
Written by Pitchshifter
Produced by Pitchshifter and Paul Johnston
Courtesy of Earache Records
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User Reviews

Brainscan, A classy B+ horror trip.
14 April 2001 | by (New Market, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Now lets see, Boy likes video games, boy becomes a murderer because of video games, sounds stupid? Well, to my surprise, BRAINSCAN was a wonderful trip through the warped imagination of the films devious writers. The film does copy many modern day classics, but, with a unique flair.

Freddy Kruger look out! The lead ghoul in this flick can appear any time. You need not be asleep when he comes to call. The plot, oh yes, it has one, although it is not that unusual,does hold your interest The characters are quite vivid and work well in telling this dream like tale. Basically, the film is more of a comedy. One liners flow like the blood of many of the films hapless victoms.

I would have probably enjoyed this horror venture a lot more have I been a much younger man. It has been many years since I saw my teens or in fact my 20's, but Brainscan is one of those rare movies that can appeal to anyone who enjoys a good horror spoof.

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