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Brainscan 
Written by: on May 20th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1994
Director: John Flynn
Writers: Brian Owens, Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Edward Furlong, T. Ryder Smith, Frank Langella, Amy Hargreaves

DVD released: April 1st, 2003
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English, French
DVD Release: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.94


Synopsis: Michael (Furlong) is a high school student whose mother was killed in an automobile accident at a very young age. His father is almost always out at business 24/7, so he doesn’t see him that much. All Michael does is live in his attic playing video games, watching horror movies, & watching “The Three Stooges”. The plot sort of begins with his best friend Kyle (Jamie Marsh) calling him, telling him about a video game advertised in Fangoria called “Brainscan”. It is hyped as the newest installment in the world of virtual reality & terror. As Kyle talks, Michael spies on his neighbor Kimberly (Hargreaves) like some sort of a creepy stalker, taking pictures of her.
 
Michael calls the 1-800 number for Brainscan, and is somehow immediately sent a copy of the game. Michael plays it, and kills a video game character by chopping off the foot, and throwing the body all over the bedroom. But when Michael goes to visit Kimberly one day, her parents are watching the news, and Michael recognizes the room and body shown on the news bulletin. Michael panicks, finds the chopped off foot in his fridge, and out of the game steps “The Trickster” (Smith). The Trickster reveals to Michael that the game was real and that he actually killed the man. The Trickster also informs Michael that he needs to keep playing more arriving discs of Brainscan because there were witnesses apparently. So Michael must choose, to play the game, go to jail, and try to save the girl he likes Kimberly from being killed off in the video game.
 
Brainscan was directed by John Flynn. (Director of ‘Lock Up’ with Sly Stallone) Who has sadly passed away since, may he RIP. The story written by Brian Owens I thought was very creative. There are a lot of aspects of the film that really make you think your head off, also many ambiguous parts of the film that really make you think. I would give Andrew Kevin Walker the credit for that (since he wrote this film). Very inventive story & execution, with a lot of critical thinking moments. The score composed by George Clinton was a creepy soundtrack, it is like this creepy organ music with like a guitar riff blaring throughout. The soundtrack is made up of hard rock & metal songs. I thought this film the acting was good. T. Ryder Smith who plays the Trickster, unfortunately, this was his only real role in a film. But he still does a lot of theater work from what I hear. He has a lot of good extensive makeup to himself. So, I liked Brainscan. The writing was excellent, music score by Clinton was great, I just thought it was an overall good movie.

The DVD:

The DVD of Brainscan released by Tri-Star Columbia, is a bare-bones DVD. It only has a few trailers (it doesn’t even contain the Brainscan trailer!). The film is in widescreen, and picture is very good. A lot of good lighting in this film, especially Michael’s attic setting. So, Brainscan is recommended to you horror fans out there. Almost every person I know who has seen this film likes it, and I have a strong feeling you slasher heads and horror fans will like it to. Brainscan also has a moral deeply rooted within it that really pops out at the end of the film. So, Brainscan, strongly recommended to you horror fans. Great writing, great directing, great score, great acting.

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