Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brainscan (1994)

Director: John Flynn

Starring: Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith, Amy Hargreaves, James Marsh, Victor Ertmanis, david Hemblen, Vlasta Vrana, Domenico Fiore, Claire Riley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Wanna play? I dare you.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I think I had higher hopes for this considering Frank Langella is in this.  His role is pretty thankless as a never-smiles detective assigned to the murders and he does fine.  Furlong's acting hadn't improved much since TERMINATOR 2 (1991).  Ugh.  He's OK I suppose until he attempts to do rage or big emotion and that's when his lack of experience rears its ugly head.  Barring that it's a decent teen horror flick with an interesting premise.  If you think about it just a little after the shit hits the fan, you might just figure it out.  I wasn't trying; it just happened.  Nice four-note theme by George S. Clinton.  It's an interesting concept that, in the right hands, could be remade into a really good thriller.

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