BRAINSCAN

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Release Date: April 22, 1994

Starring: Edward Furlong, Frank
Langella, Amy Hargreaves, & T.
Ryder Smith

Genre: Science fiction

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Triumph Releasing

Director: John Flynn EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Esther Freifeld &
Earl Berman

Executive Producer:

Producer: Michael Roy

Writer: Brian Owens SCREENPLAY BY:
Andrew Kevin Walker

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Content:

(H, LLL, N, S, VVV, A/D, M) Humanism; 27 obscenities & 6 profanities; peeping Tom from window sees glimpse of nudity; implied promiscuity; and, brutal murder of an innocent victim, including the severing of his foot, three other deaths & other gory, bloody scenes; and, alcohol abuse at high school party.

Summary:

In the movie BRAINSCAN, high-school misfit Michael purchases an interactive CD computer game called BRAINSCAN and takes an "interactive journey through hell." Michael does what the game tells him and begins to kill people and would have continued except that he gets caught. Even though the idea for the film is creative and the cinematography excellent, the underlying evil schemes make it unbearable to watch.

Review:

In the movie BRAINSCAN, high-school misfit Michael purchases an interactive CD computer game called BRAINSCAN and takes an "interactive journey through hell." The object of the game is for Michael to commit a brutal murder without leaving any clues. The computer's voice guides Michael to his first murder victim, a sleeping man, whom Michael stabs repeatedly, then cuts off his foot. Seeing the blood, Michael realizes BRAINSCAN is more than a game. Playing through three more discs, Michael kills three more individuals. When Michael is told to kill his girl friend, he hesitates and a policeman catches him and tells him, "Murderer!" The game is over. Michael wakes up and realizes all that had happened was just part of the game.

At one point, there is hope for a moral turning point in Michael's life where he would change, but that never happens. After the game ends, Michael decides to get revenge on his principal for banning the Horror Club which he leads. In the movie, a character named Trickster, who represents the devil, down plays evil by making it appear comic. At one point, Trickster actually takes over Michael's body, making Michael appear and talk like he is demon-possessed. Even though the idea for the movie is creative, and the cinematography excellent, the underlying evil schemes of Trickster make BRAINSCAN unbearable to watch.

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