Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man, Hideaway, & Virtuosity (Black Sheep)

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Another episode in our video series The F*cking Black Sheep has arrived on the JoBlo Horror Videos YouTube channel (check it out and subscribe), and in this one Lance Vlcek is stepping up to defend a Brett Leonard triple feature: 1992's The Lawnmower Man (watch it HERE), which was marketed as a Stephen King adaptation until King sued to have his name taken off of it; 1995's Hideaway (watch it HERE), which actually is a Dean R. Koontz adaptation; and the sci-fi action flick Virtuosity (you can find that one HERE), which reached theatres just five months after Hideaway in '95.

Starring Piece Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Jenny Wright, and Geoffrey Lewis, The Lawnmower Man has the following synopsis: 

The eccentric Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) puts mentally disabled landscaper Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey) on a regimen of experimental pills and computer-simulated training sequences in hopes of augmenting the man's intelligence. In time Jobe becomes noticeably brighter and also begins to fare much better with the opposite sex. But, as he develops psychic powers, he realizes that those around him have taken advantage of his simplicity his whole life, and he plots a bloody revenge.

Hideaway stars Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto, Alfred Molina, and Rae Dawn Chong, and it tells the following story: 

Hatch Harrison (Jeff Goldblum), his wife, Lindsey (Christine Lahti), and their daughter, Regina (Alicia Silverstone), are enjoying a pleasant drive when a car crash leaves wife and daughter unharmed but kills Hatch. However, an ingenious doctor, Jonas Nyebern (Alfred Molina), manages to revive Hatch after two lifeless hours. But Hatch does not come back unchanged. He begins to suffer horrible visions of murder — only to find out the visions are the sights of a serial killer (Jeremy Sisto).

And here's the synopsis for Virtuosity, which stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe: 

A former cop who has been imprisoned for murdering the psychopath who killed his family, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is recruited to test out a new virtual-reality program where the goal is to apprehend a computer-generated being called SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), who has been modeled on hundreds of deranged criminals. When SID manages to escape into the real world, Barnes must capture or destroy him before the soulless entity can go on a killing spree.

In case you're not familiar with the Black Sheep series, this show features 

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!  

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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.