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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's interactive, and state-of-the-art... It's not just a game... it's murder. 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:

Canada | USA | UK

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,264,509
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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 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 »

Connections

References Child's Play 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Riverboat
Performed by John Melendez (as Stuttering John)
Written by John Melendez and Randy Cantor
Produced by Randy Cantor
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Unique Period Film
3 January 2009 | by Andrew HawkinsSee all my reviews

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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