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Brainscan (1994)

  Tags: 90's, brainscan, Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, psychological, serial killer, T. Ryder Smith, teens, trickster, video games

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John Flynn
96 minutes
Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith

Ever wonder what that quiet boy who sits in the back of your class with his one and only friend does when he home alone? Well Enter Brainscan the newest innovation in virtual reality video games and you’ll soon find out. Come on play I dare you!

A lonely teenage horror-movie fan named Michael Brower (Edward Furlong), who has lost his mother in horrible accident as a child and inadvertently lost his father in the process, aims for the ultimate horror thrill 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. Add in the appearance of the mysterious Trickster (T. Ryder Smith), and the murderous madness jumps to the next level. Making Michael completely alter his perspective on life, love, and death. With Trickster constantly placing thoughts of paranoia in Michael’s Head who will make it out of the game alive?

Let’s see here a movie about a loner video game killer….How could this possibly be good? Well I guess comments like that made this such an underrated mind twist horror movie. With Edward Furlong’s popularity sliding down hill I’m sure he would have taken just about any role to climb back up. Upsettingly this just wasn’t the movie to make the climb. To most the whole concept sounded immature and over played, little did they know we would meet The Trickster! For such a bad guy he just really grew on you and was very memorable.

I fell in love with all the characters and the back stories into Michael’s life are very tragic and sad, which makes you root for him not to get caught. Brainscan doesn’t go without its flaws though. I question the point of the ending. Did it happen, or didn’t it happen it pretty much leaves you wide open in left field.

I found Brainscan far more entertaining than the standard slasher flicks or monster movies, and would readily recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more psychological with the hint of horror. I loved Trickster, without his villain ways this would have been a waste. I wish it had a bit more of a conclusion but I assume that was the point of the ending to leave you guessing. So the question is do you wanna play?

Posted on December 8, 2009 - 12:29pm | daylynn4ever