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Mindwarp (1992)

In post-apocalyptic 2037, Judy rebels against the AI-ruled utopia where people live in a happy VR simulation. She's exiled to a post-nuclear wasteland where she meets drifter Stover. Mutated cannibals capture them for their leader Seer.

Director:

Steve Barnett

Writers:

John Brancato (as Henry Dominick), Michael Ferris (as Henry Dominick)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Stover
Angus Scrimm ... Seer / Systems Operator
Marta Martin ... Judy (as Marta Alicia)
Elizabeth Kent Elizabeth Kent ... Cornelia
Mary Becker Mary Becker ... Mom
Wendy Sandow Wendy Sandow ... Claude
Brian Brill Brian Brill ... Tenor
Bekki Vallin Bekki Vallin ... Pregnant Woman
Matt Hensley Matt Hensley ... Cop #1
Keith Rodenberger Keith Rodenberger ... Cop #2
Gene McGarr Gene McGarr ... Infinisynth Announcer
Roger Perkovich Roger Perkovich ... Crawler
John Thorpe John Thorpe ... Crawler
Gerald Shidell Gerald Shidell ... Crawler
Tyrone Yonash Tyrone Yonash ... Crawler
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Storyline

A young woman in a post-apocalyptic world rebels against the status quo, in which everyone lives their lives out in a virtual reality fantasy world of their own choosing... With consequences she couldn't have imagined. Written by Rick Chadderdon <chance@vixen.wizard.com>

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In the future, life will be a dream. And reality a nightmare.


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain Slasher See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of only three films distributed in the early nineties by the cult horror magazine Fangoria, the other two being Children of the Night and Severed Ties. See more »

Quotes

Infinisynth Announcer: [atomic explosion] Stupidity, chaos, cruelty, pain. Reality, a failure worse than any nightmare. There was no fixing it. Nothing to be done, except... escape. Infinisynth: more fantastic than fantasy, more real than reality. The ultimate experience is Infinisynth. It's all been remade for you and it's anything you want it to be. It's your reality. Let your dreams come true in your very own world. Hook into the happiness system. Relax, imagine, enjoy. Hook in.
Judy: Bullshit.
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Alternate Versions

German version was cut by approx. 2 minutes to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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The B-movie that warped my mind
15 October 2013 | by Al_The_StrangeSee all my reviews

First time I saw Mindwarp on the TV, I kinda hated it. Mostly because I thought it was a cheap and gaudy film, made grotesque by the excess of blood and gore, with ideas that were interesting but never profound. Despite disliking the film, however, it stuck with me, partly because it did have scenes and ideas that were inherently interesting and worth watching, and mostly because this is actually one hard film to find on home video. I have never seen a DVD release for this film; it's currently only available on VHS, or, shockingly, as a limited-edition Twilight Time Blu-Ray. That brief showing on TV was my one and only exposure to this movie, up until I got my mitts on Blu-Ray #471 of 3,000.

To be fair, the movie makes for a fine piece of pulply schlock sci-fi, the likes of which could make for a great comic strip in the Heavy Metal magazine, or a short story in some anthology. As a film, it has some promise; the bulk of it takes place in a nightmarish post-apocalyptic wasteland, full of bloodthirsty cannibals, parasitic fish, and sick cults. This hard-edged adventure is book-ended by a really slick bit of utopic cyberpunk, for even though the world has been nuked, a number of inhabitants spend their time in a virtual dream-world. Sound familiar? It makes me wonder if Mindwarp could have been an influence on the Watchowskis when writing The Matrix saga...

The film is neat, and its story is inherently sound. What makes it work are its characters; it is interesting to watch the main heroine get a serious dose of reality when she's expelled from her utopic home and forced to confront the harsh realities of a nuclear wasteland. Things come in full circle by the end, thanks to a neat little plot twist, but the overall message never felt right to me (almost an antithesis to The Matrix, which was all about liberation). That's really the only problem I see with the plot: a certain lack of refinement, for despite the key themes of reality and fantasy, and the coming of age, the film seems really small in scale and it seems like some things could have been better.

The film is as I remember: gaudy and ugly. It's filmed with adequate photography and editing, but most of the settings, props, and locales appear cheap, drab, and somewhat ugly. Even the futuristic scenes in the utopic city are rather ugly-looking. Acting and writing are rather weak all around; Bruce Campbell is a pretty standard hero guy here. Despite a few iffy lines, I was rather fond of Marta Martin. Angus Scrimm steals the show throughout. Music for this film is rather gaudy too.

To me, this film has always been the pure definition of a B-movie: cheap, ugly, gory, strangely hard-to-find, and strangely somewhat hard to forget. For those who have an interest in such low-grade cinema, or are a fan of the actors, or just want a good piece of trashy pulp sci-fi, Mindwarp should be worth a look, if you can find it.

3/5 (Entertainment: Pretty Good | Story: Average | Film: Poor)


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