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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael
... Detective Hayden
... The Trickster
... Kimberly
... Kyle
Victor Ertmanis ... Martin
... Dr. Fromberg
... Frank
Domenico Fiore ... Ken (as Dom Fiore)
Claire Riley ... News Anchor
... Young Michael (as Tod Fennel)
... Stacie (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
Dean Hagopian ... Mr. Keller
Donna Baccala ... Mrs. Keller (as Donna Bacalla)
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Mr. Tebb (as Jerome Thiberghian)


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


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 »

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Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brain Scan  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,725,000, 24 April 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Fangoria magazine that Michael and Kyle read the fake "Brainscan" article is Fangoria issue #95 and was published August 1990. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »


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Performed by Mudhoney
Written by Mudhoney
Produced by Conrad Uno and Mudhoney
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Projects
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User Reviews

Good idea, well executed.
24 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This will probably be more suited to a teen audience, but it is good fun throughout. Edward Furlong (T2) plays a horror fanatic who stumbles upon an advert in a horror magazine advertising a CD ROM game called 'Brainscan' He decides to play it but is skeptical, that is until he gets a little more than he bargained for. The idea is good and it holds up for most of the way if not all, but it is good for a rental and will keep you amused for an hour and a half. T. Ryder Smith is good as 'Trickster', a creepy character who emerges from the game.

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