1992 / Director. Steve Barnett.
Review by Justine Ryan.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, humans have been split between living in the Inworld as dreamers, plugged into a virtual reality world called Infinisynth. Infinisynth is anything you want it to be, any reality you can create. The film's lead Judy Apple (Marta Alicia now known as Marta Martin - STAR TREK) is lonely and craves a new experience, something real than being hooked in. Judy is exiled by the systems operator after invading her complacent mothers dream reality, accidently killing her, while trying to find what happened to her father Theodore Apple (Angus Scrimm - PHANTASM, SUBSPECIES), who went missing years before. Judy awakes in the wastelands of the Outworld, where humans have been mutated into savage cannibles known as crawlers, who live underground. After being rescued from the crawlers clutches by the very handsome and charismatic (plus my all time favourite actor) Bruce Campbell (THE EVIL DEAD, MANIAC COP, SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT, RUNNING TIME, WAXWORK II: LOST IN TIME, BURN NOTICE) as Stover, one of the last human survivors in the Outlands. Soon enough Judy and Stover are both captured by the crawlers and Judy is reunited with her father , who has become a seer to the crawlers. Mindwarp aka Brain Slasher was one of many films in my youth that I had hired numerous times on home video on my weekly visits each Saturday afternoon to the video shop with my dad and sister, trolling every shelve and falling in love with many video covers imagining what each film would be like. A long time favourite and stand out scene for me in the film is when poor Stover is locked in a cage in water by the crawlers and painfully screams in agony as he is infested with paracitic leeches ripping into his flesh before incubating him (one of Bruce's best moments on film). Steve Barnett (SCANNER COP II) does a fine job with Mindwarp. It is loads of fun and our three main leads add lots of empathy and depth to their performances that could easily get lumped into just being another mindless horror film. After being only available on VHS, I happily discovered during the week that Mindwarp has been given the Blu-ray treatment by Twilight Time but limited to only 3,000 copies. Snap one up while you can!