Brainscan | Chicago Reader

Brainscan

Brainscam might be a more appropriate title. This high-tech horror story promises a lively rip-off of elements from both Videodrome and Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear, but soon clicks into automatic pilot. The post-Freudian notions of the return of the repressed might have been fresh around the time of Forbidden Planet, but by now they're more evocative of repetition compulsion. Terminator 2's Edward Furlong stars as a dysfunctional teenager with a morbid taste in slasher films who . . . too bad that Andrew Kevin Walker rather than John Waters wrote the rest. John Flynn directed; with Amy Hargreaves, Frank Langella, and T. Ryder Smith as Mr. Return of the Repressed himself, known in this case as “Trickster.”

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