Brainscan (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 April 1994 (USA)
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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:
Victor Ertmanis ...
David Hemblen ...
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 <>

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Wanna play? I dare you. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Is originally based on the computer-game "Brainwaves" (released as "Brainscanners" in Europe after the film was released). 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 »


Michael: It wasn't supposed to be real!
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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 Midnight Movie Review: Brainscan (2011) See more »


Performed by Alcohol Funny Car
Written by Ben London
Produced by Alcohol Funny Car and Scott Benson
Courtesy of C/Z Records, Ltd.
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Unique Period Film

A movie like Brainscan is unique. The characters in this film only exist in the time that the movie was made. Brainscan can almost be called a period film today due to its embracing the troubled youth subculture of the early nineties. Ed Furlong of Terminator 2 is a high school student that exposes himself to large amounts of Horror, Hard Rock, and Video Games. When his obsessions become his vices, he experiences the fear of losing control of the only thing he truly possesses; himself. A sinister antagonist called The Trickster drives the plot of the movie and forces the main character (Furlong) to become either a hero or a victim. The movie is well paced and has an entertaining score/soundtrack. This film should be highly recommended to fans of Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and admirers of Frank Langella and/or Edward Furlong.

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