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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An Interactive Trip To Hell 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 soundtrack was released by on CD and audio cassette by Sony Pictures Entertainment on April 5th 1994. 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 »


Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »


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

Brainscan is now a *must* as far as "Cult Classics" go
5 October 2001 | by (Ny) – See all my reviews

Brainscan is by far one of the most personally influential pieces I can recall from the Horror genre. I look back on this movie as what can be misinterpreted through the creative process, sheer possibility and the like. This movie took a very creative stance behind the usual blandness of a typical horror story and made what could be interpreted as a piece ahead of its time. In 1994, the internet was not what it once was, and peoples understanding of it was dim in a mass perspective.. so a lot of this film went misunderstood or unappreciated at the time it was released. Only now, through home video distribution and release can people take shots at it, but are they really justified? This is a generally stated low-budget film (Edward Furlong did it obviously because he had some sort of passion for the genre) and it was done with a certain degree of emotional intricacy. Look at the larger scope, don't feel embarrassed to admire what could have been, in itself a Horror-genre redfining era that just didn't click with mainstream "pop" perspective...

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