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Mindwarp (1992)

In post-apocalyptic 2037, Judy rebels against the AI-ruled utopia where people live in a happy VR simulation. She's exiled to a post-nuclear wasteland where she meets drifter Stover. Mutated cannibals capture them for their leader Seer.

Director:

Steve Barnett

Writers:

John Brancato (as Henry Dominick), Michael Ferris (as Henry Dominick)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Stover
Angus Scrimm ... Seer / Systems Operator
Marta Martin ... Judy (as Marta Alicia)
Elizabeth Kent Elizabeth Kent ... Cornelia
Mary Becker Mary Becker ... Mom
Wendy Sandow Wendy Sandow ... Claude
Brian Brill Brian Brill ... Tenor
Bekki Vallin Bekki Vallin ... Pregnant Woman
Matt Hensley Matt Hensley ... Cop #1
Keith Rodenberger Keith Rodenberger ... Cop #2
Gene McGarr Gene McGarr ... Infinisynth Announcer
Roger Perkovich Roger Perkovich ... Crawler
John Thorpe John Thorpe ... Crawler
Gerald Shidell Gerald Shidell ... Crawler
Tyrone Yonash Tyrone Yonash ... Crawler
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A young woman in a post-apocalyptic world rebels against the status quo, in which everyone lives their lives out in a virtual reality fantasy world of their own choosing... With consequences she couldn't have imagined. Written by Rick Chadderdon <chance@vixen.wizard.com>

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In the future, life will be a dream. And reality a nightmare.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agyvadászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Gay, Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Fangoria Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Bruce Campbell met his wife Ida Gearon in the set of this film. According to his auto-biography, Campbell approached her with the excuse of wanting to learn how to sew, which is what his character would do in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Infinisynth Announcer: [atomic explosion] Stupidity, chaos, cruelty, pain. Reality, a failure worse than any nightmare. There was no fixing it. Nothing to be done, except... escape. Infinisynth: more fantastic than fantasy, more real than reality. The ultimate experience is Infinisynth. It's all been remade for you and it's anything you want it to be. It's your reality. Let your dreams come true in your very own world. Hook into the happiness system. Relax, imagine, enjoy. Hook in.
Judy: Bullshit.
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Not the Standard B Movie Fare
13 February 2011 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Mindwarp is a relatively early effort by Steve Barnett (Director) and Henry Dominic (writer). Barnett is chiefly known for post-production work, which, surprisingly, is not a major feature of Mindwarp. His few directorial efforts have been limited to fairly dubious material like Scanner Cop II. Dominic has done some more high-profile writing in recent years, including Terminator III. Given this team's background in sci-fi, and the timing of the film (1992), it should not be surprising that Mindwarp blends plot-heavy cyberpunk, horror, and hardcore sci-fi. What is, perhaps, surprising, is how well it does so with an obviously low budget.

Several years before the Matrix began shooting, Mindwarp presented the story of Judy, a smart, precocious but sheltered young 'in-worlder' who wants to experience real life, rather than simply plugging into the seemingly utopian synthetic fantasy world she can access through a serial port in the back of her neck. She just has the feeling that there must be something more to life. Of course, she has no idea what might await in the "deadlands". Most of the film follows her adventures in captivity among subterranean cult of mutant land-fill denizens and the struggle she shares with hero Bruce Campbell as they try to free themselves from the evil grip of the cult leader, Scrimm. Despite the straightforward action, however, Mindwarp is anything but a straightforward story.

With a cast featuring B Movie legends Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm (Phantasm)you might expect Mindwarp to be an archetypal B film. Not only does Mindwarp exceed the B film standard but it also manages to entertain on more levels than most of Bruce Campbell's films do - no mean feat. Unlike many films in which he appears, Campbell does not dominate the screen throughout the film and does not have many opportunities to utter any of his hallmark clichés. Instead, we have Marta Martin (AKA Marta Alicia) in her second major role. Martin plays the immature yet very headstrong Judy very well, and would subsequently land many returning roles on popular TV shows. Their nemesis, Angus Scrimm, as of 2010, is 84 years old and still acting. He plays essentially the same role he has had countless times - a big, menacing, old, creep. Only a few other actors have speaking roles in this fairly intelligent mutant gruntfest.

Recommended for Sci-Fi and Cyberpunk fans.


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