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

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Victor Ertmanis ...
David Hemblen ...
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Domenico Fiore ...
Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley ...
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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)
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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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Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 April 1994 (USA)  »

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$4,264,509 (USA)
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Trivia

When Michael opens the refrigerator, you can see a box of Canadian Swanson Macaroni and Cheese (You can tell it's Canadian because it has English and French writing on it.) See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

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

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Freak Now/Pericynthion
Performed by Old
Written by Jimmy Plotkin
Courtesy of Earache Records
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before the formula
25 May 2000 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

In the mess of this whole new teeny bop friendly, horror-without-the-horror nonsense I've been seeing so much of in recent years in pieces of crap films like the "scream" series and others that remain nameless, although I am sure you know what entities I am speaking of... "Brainscan" is one of the last few greats. Greats, as in, it chooses to use a formula that is well known within the genre-yet attempts to add a twist to it, producing one of the first and one of the only watchable films of its kind (ever seen "arcade"? Or those techno babble wastes of reel "Lawnmower Man 2" or "Webmaster"?) I will admit, it is not the best horror film of all time, but considering it is most likely the last theatrically released film of its kind with even an tint of quality to it...the last film that took any amount of creativity to adhere to the mainstream (If there is such a thing) Horror genre format while trying to revamp and revitalise it... I do believe this film deserves some credit. It is what it is, I prefer not to think of it as the possibilities of it being so much more...for what was accomplished, I'd say it was well worth it..


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