Brainscan

A teenager plays an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
Canada
United Kingdom
1994
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Wizard Film
Animals: 
Dog
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Prankster
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Teleporter
Nightmare
Static
Unknown
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Medium
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Evoker
6
Brain candy!
7.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
Neighbor stalker Edward Furlong becomes a full-fledged stalker when he enters a virtual reality game that just wasn’t possible in 1994, nor will it be for another century, making this a science-fiction. Give it a sinister twist and you end up with a one-of-a-kind horror sci-fi. When Furlong enters the other world, we see his murders in first person view. Yes, killing innocents is how it's played.
Had the creators played their cards right, Trickster, the pseudo villain, could’ve been the next Freddy Krueger. In fact, Frank Langella’s character is the real antagonist, here. He’s a detective and he’s tailing Furlong’s character. Brainscan is not the kind of film that ages well because it relies a lot on technology. CDs, computers, videophones; you get it all.
The film progresses in six alternating stages: Furlong chilling, Furlong playing the game, Furlong and Trickster, Furlong and the detective, Furlong and his crush and Furlong and his angry best friend. We rotate, like this, until all arcs find their resolution. This pattern creates no pacing issues. There is always something interesting happening despite the silly premise.
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