Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Studio: Admire Productions
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Flynn
Review Rating: 7
Michael Bower is a limping misfit Horror fan, languishing through high school with his best friend and lusting after the girl next door, when he encounters a frightful video game that lets him see through the eyes of a killer, only to have it become all to real!
Whew. This would be a pretty standard plot, loser high school misfit angry at the world, takes his realistic video game and starts killing people off for real. Or, something like that. But that would be not including the Trickster (T. Ryder Smith), as he calls himself, our host for the video game Michael (Edward Furlong) is now engrossed with. And our host is just plain psycho bugshit nuts, from the makeup and the crazy eyes, to the suit he wears, all the way down to his music and taste in food. Frank Langella is Detective Hayden, snooping around Michael’s house and getting way too close. And Kimberly (Amy Hargreaves) is literally the girl next door that Michael has a huge crush on.
So Michael lost his mother in a car crash that left him with a permanent limp when he was little. Now a misfit teenager, Michael’s father obviously makes a ton of money, given all the gadgets Michael has, but is never actually around. Michael has his best friend Kyle (James Marsh), another misfit but with the same tastes in all things Horror and Alternative that Michael does. Kimberly is next door but all but unattainable, hence the covert picture-taking. Getting into trouble at school and in general being a sullen teenager leads Michael to this awesome new video game from the magazine Fangoria, and it’s just all downhill from there.
Yet another movie to pose the question, hey, did that all really happen? or not, Brainscan does it in an adorably unique way. Given the fun if breathless first person perspective Horror, the movie makes for a zany addition to your Halloween!