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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Goodbye Reality! Welcome Virtual Reality! 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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$4,264,509 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The newspaper that Michael receives is called 'The Montie'. 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 »


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Thunder Kiss '65 (Swinging Lovers Remix)
Performed by White Zombie
Remixed by KMFDM
Music by White Zombie
Lyrics by Rob Zombie
Produced by Andy Wallace
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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User Reviews

This has held up surprisingly well over time
13 August 2005 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

I originally saw this when I was maybe 13, and I found it a rather tense movie back then. While I wouldn't say that any part of the movie is "scary", I don't think that any of it even attempts to be. Instead, I found myself simply feeling uneasy while watching it.

I recently decided to rent it for the nostalgia factor and give it another watch, fully expecting it to be horrible and downright laughable, but I was surprised to find that this movie still has the power to make me feel uneasy and even uncomfortable while watching it.

The scriptwriter's alien ideas about how computers and games work are indeed rather laughable, but if you can forgive those, the movie does an admirable job of pulling you into Michael Bower's world. Anyone who has ever done something wrong, and felt that queasiness that comes with the knowledge that yes, you are going to get caught, can relate to the situation Michael is in. The main theme, played several times throughout the movie, is very creepy and mood setting; I loved it.

I found Brainscan far more compelling than the standard slasher flick or monster movie, and would readily recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more psychological.

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