"Ah, the beloved sub-sub-genre of video-game-horror-movie."
Fans of the already legendary "Se7en" may be find it interesting to note that screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker penned two fairly atrocious horror movies before hitting the big time with the Pitt/Freeman/Fincher classic. One was an adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Hideaway", a film I was really looking forward to and also one that just really sucked. Walker also penned the screenplay for John Flynn's silly cyber-shocker "Brainscan".It's a good thing Walker came up with Se7en when he did because, based on the quality of these two early efforts, he could just have easily ended up inking Trancers sequels for a career. (For the record, Walker also delivered a solid script for Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and now ranks among Hollywood's finest screenwriters/script doctors.)
As far back as 1983 (with Joe Sargent's forgotten Nightmares) b-moviemakers have been trying to forge together the worlds of horror movie and video game. Since it's a pretty stupid idea to begin with, the results are nearly always atrocious. (My apologies to anyone who managed to enjoy Albert Pyun's Arcade.) Brainscan is hardly an exception.
Edward Furlong (he of the dinstinctively nasal whine) stars as a teenage horror junkie who comes across a devilish video game. While enthralled by the game's power, our hero (?) stalks into the night to kill people. Obviously he reawakens at his computer desk with no recollection of the murders.
That's pretty much it, unless you consider tiresome plot threads and prototypical police procedural stuff worthy of any special note. The flick makes very little sense, the kill scenes are tedious at best, the acting is uniformly rotten (try not to die laughing whenever Furlong's "best buddy" character bops onscreen), and the personification of evil here - The "Trickster" - seems little more than a thinly-veiled effort at creating another Jason/Freddy/Pinhead icon.
Unfortunately for the filmmakers (and luckily for us, as the annoying dolt never earned sequel one) the Trickster is more garish and annoying than he is anything resembling scary.There's not a damn thing on display here than well-traveled horror fans haven't seen 300 times before. And less obnoxiously.