Brainscan (1994) Revisited – Horror Movie Review

It’s time for a new episode of our video series The Black Sheep, and in this one we’re giving some love to an under-valued ’90s horror classic: Brainscan (watch it HERE)! Horror movies about video games don’t often work out very well, but Brainscan is one that turned out to be very cool – and you can hear all about it in the video embedded above.

Directed by John Flynn (Rolling Thunder) from a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven) that was based on a story by Brian Owens (Happy Hell Night), Brainscan has the following synopsis:

Horror films and computer games fascinate teenager Michael, and a CD-ROM that portrays murder from the killer’s point of view combines these interests. The first time Michael plays it, he kills a stranger and cuts off a foot, thinking the events take place in virtual reality. But the next day Michael finds a foot in his refrigerator, and cyber-ghoul Trickster emerges from the program and forces him to keep playing — and to continue committing violent crimes.

The film stars Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, Amy Hargreaves, and Jamie Marsh, with T. Ryder Smith as the goofball character known as The Trickster.

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different takes on horror films that the masses or/and critics didn’t care for but that we found merit in. We defend horror movies that deserve more love!

This episode of The Black Sheep was Written, Narrated, and Edited by Lance Vlcek, Produced by Lance Vlcek and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

What do you think of Brainscan? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.