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Brainscan -- 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.


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Brian Owens (story)
Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 April 1994 (USA) See more »
Goodbye Reality! Welcome Virtual Reality! See more »
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Furlong ... Michael

Frank Langella ... Detective Hayden

T. Ryder Smith ... The Trickster

Amy Hargreaves ... Kimberly

Jamie Marsh ... Kyle
Victor Ertmanis ... Martin
David Hemblen ... Dr. Fromberg

Vlasta Vrana ... Frank
Domenico Fiore ... Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley ... News Anchor

Tod Fennell ... Young Michael (as Tod Fennel)
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Stacie (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
Dean Hagopian ... Mr. Keller
Donna Baccala ... Mrs. Keller (as Donna Bacalla)
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Mr. Tebb (as Jerome Thiberghian)

Don Jordan ... Cop #1
Pete White ... Dog Owner
Peter Colvey ... John
Paul Stewart ... Bob

Richard Zeman ... Police Officer
Zak ... The Dog

Directed by
John Flynn 
Writing credits
Brian Owens (story)

Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)

Produced by
Earl Berman .... executive producer
Esther Freifeld .... executive producer
Bob Hayward .... executive producer
Andrew Martin .... executive producer
Joe Nicolo .... executive producer
Michel Roy .... producer
Jeffrey Sudzin .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
François Protat (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
Phillip Linson  (as Phil Linson)
Casting by
Vera Miller 
Nadia Rona 
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Paola Ridolfi 
Costume Design by
Gaudeline Sauriol 
Makeup Department
Brent Baker .... moldmaker: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Norman Cabrera .... designer: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Jackie Caydam .... accounting: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Bill Corso .... prosthetics: "Trickster", Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Eva Coudouloux .... assistant makeup artist
Roberto dePalma .... foam-rubber technican: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Joe Fordham .... coordinator: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Loren Gitthens .... makeup effects artist: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Candace Green .... seamstress: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Joel Harlow .... makeup effects artist: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Adrien Horot .... prosthetic makeup
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects creator: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Adrien Morot .... prosthetic makeup
Johanne Paiement .... hair stylist
Sabin Paradis .... assistant hair stylist (as Sabin)
Marie-Angèle Protat .... makeup artist (as Marie-Angéle Breitner-Protat)
Andy Schoneberg .... application: "Trickster", Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Mike Smithson .... designer and sculptor: "Mesh", Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Mike Smithson .... special makeup animatronic effects
Brian Walsh .... runner: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Jim Eustermann .... makeup effects crew: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc. (uncredited)
Production Management
Lucie Bouliane .... unit manager
Marie-Hélène Coutu .... assistant unit manager (as Marie-Helene Coutu)
Huguette Valiquette .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Dubuc .... second assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... first assistant director
Stephane Menard .... third assistant director
Art Department
Robert Beaudet .... swing gang
Joseane Brunelle .... scenic artist (as Josianne Brunelle)
Alain Clouatre .... set dresser
Jocelyn Clouàtre .... swing gang (as Jocelyn Clouatre)
Pierre Fournier .... set props
John Fredericks .... set dresser
Louis Gascon .... assistant set props
François Gosselin .... swing gang (as Francois Gosselin)
Dimitri Koustoufis .... swing gang
Helene Lamarre .... art department coordinator (as Héléne Lamarre)
Raymond Langlois .... swing gang
Jill Morton .... props buyer
Josianne Noreau .... set dresser (as Josiane Noreau)
Tristan Tondino .... scenic artist
Sound Department
David Beadle .... dialogue editor
Marc H. Beaulieu .... boom operator
Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor
Joan Chamberlain .... adr recordist
Don Cohen .... sound mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor
Ron Evans .... dialogue editor
Scott Ganary .... sound re-recording mixer
Ann Hadsell .... foley recordist
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor (as Dave Hankins)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
James Hebenstreit .... adr editor
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Albert Lloyd .... foley editor
Bruce P. Michaels .... adr editor (as Bruce Michaels)
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Ruberg .... adr mixer
John Stewart .... sound recordist
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Ron Ward .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Evan Brainard .... animatronics
Gary Coates .... special effects
Ryal Cosgrove .... special effects coordinator
Ryal Cosgrove .... special physical effects
Jacques Godbout .... special effects
Steve Wright .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Lisa Adamson .... rotorscoper: Sidley Wright & Associates
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... digital optical effects supervisor: The Post Group (as Paul Bolger)
Chris Casady .... animation: lightning
Rene Daalder .... visual effects & character design
Art Durinski .... digital effects supervisor
James Fine .... producer: video
Lisa Foster .... digital artist
Jennifer Holstein .... effects producer: The Post Group
Don Miskowich .... effects producer
Michael Rivero .... digital compositor
Michael Rivero .... digital effects
Karen Skouras .... digital film recording: The Post Group
Peter Sternlight .... digital visual effects compositor: The Post Group
Aristomenis Tsirbas .... computer animation
Susan Widen .... rotoscoper: Sidley Wright & Associates
Andy Williams .... digital visual effects compositor: The Post Group
Steve Wright .... digital compositor
Steve Wright .... digital effects supervisor: Sidley Wright & Assoc.
Steve Wright .... effects designer
Teddy T. Yang .... CGI artist
Teddy T. Yang .... digital compositor
Diane Wright .... digital visual effects coordinator: Sidley Wright & Associates (uncredited)
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Benard Arsenault .... electrician
Bernard Arseneau .... rigging gaffer
Stephan Charron .... electrician
Daniel Chrétien Jr. .... apprentice electrician (as Daniel Chretien Jr.)
Daniel Chrétien .... gaffer (as Daniel Chretien)
Rod Crombie .... Steadicam operator
Quentin DeBayser .... electrician
Jean-Yves Denis .... grip
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Roger Dufresne .... still photographer
Guy Ferland .... electrician
Claude Fortin .... extra grip
Normand Fortin .... best boy electric
John Holosko .... director of photography: second unit
Denis Lamothe .... electrician (as Denis Lamotte)
Bill Muloin .... electrician
David Nix .... insert photographer
Michel Périard .... key grip (as Michel Periard)
Serge Raymond .... electrician
Claude Reimnitz .... generator operator
Dominique Ricard .... second assistant camera
Ken Sax .... special photographer
John Sullivan .... photography: blue screen
Jean-Charles Tremblay .... camera operator
Paul Tremblay .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Thérèse Brouillard .... assistant dresser (as Marie-Therese Brouillard)
Stéphane Bruno .... assistant dresser (as Stephane Bruno)
Catherine Gélinas .... dresser (as Catherine Gelinas)
Ginette Magny .... head wardrobe
Editorial Department
Peggy Davis .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Maria Montoreano .... first assistant editor (as Maria Schaab)
David Pauker .... post-production consultant
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Antoine Saito .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Codikow .... music supervisor
Phillip Linson .... music editor (as Phil Linson)
Chris Schwartz .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Luc Poirier .... vehicle coordinator
Joe Sanchez .... transportation captain
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Daniel Matthews .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Eric Aubin .... production assistant
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Anne-Marie Charette .... assistant location manager
Anne Laure Debay .... craft service (as Anne-Laure Debray)
Jacqueline Dinsmore .... production secretary (as Jacquie Dinsmore)
Kathy England .... insurance
Kathy England .... insurance: Great Northern Brokerage Corp.
Ed Fisher .... consultant: computers
Tara Georges Flynn .... assistant to the director
Steve Henry .... weapons
Ginette Hébert .... assistant location manager (as Ginnete Hébert)
Daniel Juneau .... production assistant
France Lachapelle .... continuity
Jean-Sébastien Lord .... stand-in (as Jean Sebastien Lord)
Pierre Massé .... location manager
Bruce Miller .... assistant accountant
Lili Partheniou .... production accountant (as Lilly Partheniou)
Bill Rowat .... dialogue coach
Pierre Roy .... production assistant
Sinclair Tenebaum .... financial and legal consultant
Pete White .... animal wrangler
Kathy Wolf .... production coordinator
Rick Finkelstein .... special thanks
John Ptak .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some sexuality
96 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1994) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:II | Iceland:16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD re-rating) | USA:R (certificate #32906)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Is originally based on the computer-game "Brainwaves" (released as "Brainscanners" in Europe after the film was released).See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Dr. Fromberg:What was that you were watching, Mr. Brower?
Michael:"Death, Death, Death..."
Dr. Fromberg:'Death, Death, Death..."
Michael:...Part 2"
Dr. Fromberg:Oh my god. Tell me Michael, why do you watch these films?
Dr. Fromberg:Yes, I want to understand.
Michael:Well, it's kind of an escape.
Dr. Fromberg:An escape. Like lighting up a marijuana cigarette and escaping the real world? Like watching a pornographic sex film, getting an erection and raping someone?
Michael:I don't think erections rape people, people rape people.
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Unique Period Film, 3 January 2009

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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