Saturday, February 28, 2009


By E. Del Tigre

I’m gonna tell it to you straight: this movie rules and it deserves to be recognized as a classic. Thanks to the slasher elements, Brainscan really transcends the typical 90s virtual reality nonsense and becomes its own awesome animal. It is the spiritual successor to the Nightmare on Elm Street movies--and much better than a few of them. Starring Eddie Furlong and Frank Langella (probably best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Skeletor), the plot revolves around a kid who gets the first copy of a new video game that hypnotizes its players to “customize” the experience. Of course, as soon as he plays it, BAD THINGS start to happen. I could write a summary of plot and explain why I like this movie so much, but I think the trailer does an excellent job of making my point for me. “You’re in the game, man! You’re in control!”

Are you sold yet? Hell yeah you are! I’ll bet you want to watch the whole movie right now. Well, guess what buddy? YOU TOTALLY CAN!

Oh, so you’re too good to watch movies on YouTube, huh? Well, you’re in luck, you pretentious fucker, because here's a link where you can download it to watch in the comfort and privacy of your SOMA loft. Okay? Good. Now go bitch about food on Yelp.

Brainscan also has a kickass soundtrack, featuring alternate versions of songs from the Butthole Surfers, White Zombie, Mudhoney, and Primus. Seriously, check out this line-up:

I looked, and I am pretty sure The Manchester Morgue is the only site on the entire internet where you can download the soundtrack, so all props to them.

Watch this video and witness the high water mark in 90s virtual reality cheesiness. It needs to be watched, analyzed, and learned from, because as we all know, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”


TMM said...

Is that "THE" O.L.D. that had James Plotkin as a member?

Shelby Cobras said...

Fuck if I know... Erik, your post = your research responsibility. Get on it.

Erik Del Tigre said...

Yep. One and the same. I'm not very familiar with the band, but the internet tells me the song is off a 1993 album called "The Musical Dimensions of Sleastak."

Here's the link if anyone wants it: