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Brainscan (1994)

A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Brian Owens (story), Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Michael
Frank Langella ... Detective Hayden
T. Ryder Smith ... The Trickster
Amy Hargreaves ... Kimberly
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ... Kyle
Victor Ertmanis Victor Ertmanis ... Martin
David Hemblen ... Dr. Fromberg
Vlasta Vrana ... Frank
Domenico Fiore Domenico Fiore ... Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... News Anchor
Tod Fennell ... Young Michael (as Tod Fennel)
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Stacie (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
Dean Hagopian Dean Hagopian ... Mr. Keller
Donna Baccala Donna Baccala ... Mrs. Keller (as Donna Bacalla)
Jérôme Tiberghien Jérôme Tiberghien ... Mr. Tebb (as Jerome Thiberghian)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

An Interactive Trip To Hell See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain Scan See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,725,000, 24 April 1994

Gross USA:

$4,352,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,352,094
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack was released on CD and audio cassette by Sony Pictures Entertainment on April 5th 1994. See more »

Goofs

Trickster introduces himself simply as "Trickster," but he's credited as "The Trickster." See more »

Quotes

[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 Trickster say "Wait a minute. Haven't you forgotten something?" 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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK Guild video was cut by 58 secs with edits to a scene where a man is repeatedly stabbed and his foot severed. The cuts were waived for the Optimum DVD release. See more »

Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Roof
Performed by Dandelion
Written by Dandelion
Produced by Joe Nicolo (as Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo) and Dandelion
Courtesy of RuffHouse Records
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User Reviews

 
before the formula
25 May 2000 | by catalystpaperbagSee all my reviews

In the mess of this whole new teeny bop friendly, horror-without-the-horror nonsense I've been seeing so much of in recent years in pieces of crap films like the "scream" series and others that remain nameless, although I am sure you know what entities I am speaking of... "Brainscan" is one of the last few greats. Greats, as in, it chooses to use a formula that is well known within the genre-yet attempts to add a twist to it, producing one of the first and one of the only watchable films of its kind (ever seen "arcade"? Or those techno babble wastes of reel "Lawnmower Man 2" or "Webmaster"?) I will admit, it is not the best horror film of all time, but considering it is most likely the last theatrically released film of its kind with even an tint of quality to it...the last film that took any amount of creativity to adhere to the mainstream (If there is such a thing) Horror genre format while trying to revamp and revitalise it... I do believe this film deserves some credit. It is what it is, I prefer not to think of it as the possibilities of it being so much more...for what was accomplished, I'd say it was well worth it..


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