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Future Shock (1994)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Horror | 19 January 1994 (USA)
Horror anthology about a psychiatrist who uses virtual reality to probe the minds of three unsuspecting patients, a paranoid woman home alone, a meek man with a roommate from hell (Paxton) and a man obsessed with his own death.


David DuBos, Eric Parkinson (segment) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Schilling ... Jenny Porter
Martin Kove ... Dr. Langdon
Brion James ... Jack Porter
Sydney Lassick ... Mr. Johnson
Max John James Max John James ... Secretary
Eric Parkinson ... Newscaster
Mark Hertle Mark Hertle ... Business Traveler
Brandon Wilkes Brandon Wilkes ... Office Extra
Gerry Lively Gerry Lively ... Office Extra (as Gerry Liveley)
Janice Clifford Janice Clifford ... Office Extra
Randolf Turrow ... Office Extra
Sarah Kaite Coughlan ... Dr. Lane (as Sarah Coughlan)
Peter White Peter White ... Office Extra
Lance August ... Experiment Victim
David Wells ... Dr. Evans


Horror anthology about a psychiatrist who uses virtual reality to probe the minds of three unsuspecting patients, a paranoid woman home alone, a meek man with a roommate from hell (Paxton) and a man obsessed with his own death.

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Beyond virtual reality open your mind to a new dimension in terror


Sci-Fi | Horror


PG-13 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

19 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Испытание будущим See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Park Place Ent. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A weird short opening sequence featuring a team of scientists and a test subject whose head explodes after watching a virtual reality stripper who turns into a man was cut from the movie even though it's featured in the tie-in comic book adaptation of the movie. The cut scene was later included in the bonus material for the DVD release of the movie. See more »


Jenny Porter: My mind turned Sparky into a pack of wolves?
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Alternate Versions

Original R-rated theatrical release runs 93 minutes; unrated video version adds 4 minutes of gore footage. See more »


References Soultaker (1990) See more »

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More wasted potential
15 February 2001 | by xterminalSee all my reviews

Future Shock (Eric Parkinson et al., 1993)

This could have been a fantastic movie. It's an anthology film set around the office of a therapist who's come up with a new method of hypnotherapy. Over the course of the day, he sees three of his truly screwed-up patients, subjects them to the hypnosis, and waits. We get to watch what happens during the waiting.

The writing is just shy of good. The acting is just shy of good (save a few memorable performances, most notably from Bill Paxton, back when his contract still allowed him to play sleazy bad guys; he's as good and rowdy in here as he is in Near Dark). The production is just shy of good. Unfortunately, it all adds up to bad, albeit bad in a kind of endearing way. The potential in each of these stories tends to get in the way of the sheer, mindless enjoyment. The exception is the last story, "Mr. Petrified Forest," a shaggy-dog story about a guy having a near-death experience who can't remember how he got outside the gates of heaven.

Ah, the potential. It's worth a free viewing if it pops up on TV, but don't go out of your way. **

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