September 21, 2014
This is cream of the crop for fans of gore. Great story line.
July 3, 2014
Brucie fights the Netherworld man-eaters & scums of the earth--Post-Apocalypse never looked this 'Evil Dead'!!
June 17, 2014
A film that is ahead of its time
May 11, 2014
Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm star in a film from Fangoria Films that was directed by Steve Barnett of Hollywood Boulevard II and Scanner Cop II fame. Well 3 out of 4 ain't bad.
This film deals with subject matter later made famous by The Matrix and while it doesn't have nearly the budget, Mindwarp is still quite enjoyable.
Angus Scrimm always seems to be the bad guy and he plays it so well. Campbell shows that he might have been a better fit than Keannu when it comes to a Matrix flick... then again, it would have made The Matrix into a very different movie I think.
While not perfect and generally not well known, Mindwarp is good fun with plenty of post apocalyptic mayhem and lots and lots of mutants to bring it about.
October 6, 2013
A young Bruce Campbell gets to (almost) save the day when he rescues poor Judy (Marta Alicia) from cannibals. You know where it's going from there, right? He gets beat up. There is blood and gore a'plenty. He gets beat up (even more). We get a glimpse of evil Ash - and the plot twists at the end make ya wonder...
August 31, 2012
Egyszerre id√ (C)zte meg gyermekkorom mut√°nsos poszt-apokaliptikus zs√°ner filmjeit, ember g√ (C)p-interf√ (C)sz kerett√∂rt√ (C)nete maxim√°lisan kiel√ (C)g√≠tette a mostani "felnŇ'tt" v√°ltozatom. Bruce Cambell meg kir√°ly √ (C)s k√ (C)sz.
October 10, 2011
Definitely the best of those early Fangoria films, MINDWARP contains what it easily Bruce Campbell's most natural and genuine performance (ie. least hammy). Borrowing elements of NEUROMANCER a decade before the Wachowski's, the "jacked-in" plot is more post-apocalyptic mutant cannibals than tech-oriented cyberpunk.
April 13, 2011
Heady concept mixes with total schlock from the first minute to the end.
March 26, 2011
If somebody came up to you and started describing a sci-fi film where people plug themselves in to a virtual reality through inputs located on the back of their neck, but then followed that up by saying that it wasn't The Matrix then you'd probably think that it was some sort of bad riddle. In retrospect, it probably is in a way but a little film called Mindwarp used this concept seven years before The Matrix did. While Mindwarp isn't nearly as flashy or anywhere near the same category of success as The Matrix (or as good), it can probably pass for one of those sci-fi films you catch sporadically during a fit of insomnia while flipping through channels during the infancy of the day and enjoying more than you thought you would.
The similarities to Total Recall will make themselves apparent right away, but Mindwarp doesn't take long to throw you into a post-apocalyptic world you'd expect to see The Road Warrior loitering around looking for an opportunity to relish what was thought to be a dried up natural resource. While Mindwarp can be considered a sci-fi film on the surface, it's most likely a horror film at its roots and that becomes apparent as soon as you realize who's a part of the cast. Bruce "don't call me Ash" Campbell plays the love interest for Marta Martin's Judy while The Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm, portrays the villainous Seer. While the uniting of these two actors in one film is exciting to horror fans, aficionados may be disappointed when they realize that both Campbell and Scrimm basically have glorified cameos in the film. Neither of their parts seem very large once the film ends, but at least you get to see Campbell get infested by leeches and basically no-sell throwing up his intestines.
Mindwarp is gloriously grotesque, as well. It doesn't even try to shy away from blood or gore, which is fantastic for bloodthirsty horror fans. A perfect example is the meat grinding device the Seer uses as punishment to individuals who disobey him. The device is made from parts you'd find in a garbage dump along with a plethora of human skulls. After the unfortunate victim goes through the machine, their blood is spewed into a bathtub where the Crawlers, a deformed cannibalistic civilization that lives underground, drink the victim's blood. But with all the comparisons to horror come many of the same downfalls many films of the genre have. Mindwarp was made in the early 90's and the leftover cheese from the 80's makes its way into the film practically effortlessly. That means the few attempts at humor in the film will probably make you verbally groan. The acting is also over the top, Campbell and Scrimm have their moments but the wild card is Marta Martin. Her acting is really terrible early on in the film, but slowly gets more tolerable as the film progresses.
Although you'd probably expect more from a film starring legendary horror icons Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm, Mindwarp blends the horror, sci-fi, and thriller genres fairly well. The film still has enough cheese injected into it to make it feel like it was made in the eighties; when horror films were at their peak. So while the acting sometimes leaves something to be desired, the concept is surprisingly great and would even go on to influence sci-fi films you're probably more familiar with like The Matrix. Mindwarp is half Mad Max and half The Hills Have Eyes with a little bit of Total Recall thrown in for good measure. This quirky, blood-soaked post-apocalyptic gem is worth unearthing if you're a hardcore fan of horror or sci-fi cinema.
March 3, 2011
Before there was THE MATRIX, there was MINDWARP! A solid B-movie and a must for Campbell fans.
February 7, 2011
Prime-era Bruce Campbell in a sci-fi tale? I'm there! But I should have brought a budget because the filmmakers sure didn't!
Don't get me wrong, The Chin Man and low budgets go together like Kid Rock fans and wife beating. This is actually a futuristic horror: in an eerily Matrix-like premise 7 years before the fact, disillusioned Judy is fed up with plugging into a computer-generated alternate reality designed to take mankind's collective mind off the horrors of the real world. Once exiled from this "dreamland," she faces the barren post-apocalyptic terrain with lone human Stover (Campbell) for protection. The land-dwellers are menaced by cannibalistic "crawlers"who live throughout a series of tunnels underground.
Sounds kinda cool, right? Well it is, kinda. The problem is that soon after we get the setup, we are plunged into the underground amongst the crawlers and don't see the light of day again until the very end. That's a lot of time to spend in grimy tunnels and poorly-lit chambers (what do you expect? It's underground!) as our heroes try to escape. The makeup effects for the ghoulish crawlers are nothing very special but some of the violence & gore is still pretty potent. One particular scene showing the plucking out of an eyeball and subsequently passing the screaming victim through a giant bladed juicer so their blood can be drunk by the gathered mob shan't be quickly forgotten. Did I mention the victim is a 13-year old girl? Tell me you've seen THAT one before. *Ulp.*
Marta Alicia as Judy is not a very good actress - the credits precede her name with 'Introducing' and might as well have used 'Exiting' as far as movies are concerned. IMDB shows a long list of TV appearances but very little filmwork, although somehow she found her way into J.J. Abrams' Star Trek as 'Medical Technician.' The sets are pretty good, and I liked how the crawlers mined not only to expand their network of tunnels but more importantly to find objects and technology: intact lightbulbs, gears, motors from appliances, all buried from the civilization-ending war. They also throw in a twist ending long before it has become all the rage, which makes it fairly easy to spot.
Possibly worth a look for Bruce fans although he doesn't have as much screen time as one would like. Expect more 'Fi' than 'Sci' and a good amount of the red liquidy stuff that leaks from skin when brutally stabbed.
November 30, 2010
Mediocre sci-fi, with a plot line mildly reminiscent of The Matrix. As a whole, not a great movie, although the last twenty minutes of the movie are fairly entertaining. I'd recommend watching it for Bruce Campbell's cameo.
November 30, 2010
An average post apocalyptic sci-fi horror even with Bruce Campbell as one of the leads.The problem is the movie attempts to cram far too much into a 90 minute time frame, which jumbled everything into a ridiculous, unexplained mess. This movie makes absolutely no sense, builds no tension, creates no suspense or character development of any kind while supplying gratuitous gore at times. Technically Mindwarp is OK, the sets are limited but it's obvious that the filmmakers were working on a low budget. It's worth a watch if you have the time to spare but don't expect anything brilliant
January 12, 2010
you gotta take this movie for what it is a gorey 80's brucecambell horror/action movie keep that in mind and you'll like this move. that being said it does drag on and if your not a fan of bad horror you'll find yourself hating the campiness of it but compared to other cambell films its pretty okay
December 2, 2009
overall just a pretty boring movie. You would expect more from Bruce Campbell, but I think they didn't let him show his true talent. The movie seemed short and didn't make much sense at all. Over a period of time you start to understand it, yet you don't want to. I just really wish there was more of a story line here and more entertainment than what it had.
October 23, 2009
Generally lame sci-fi movie, not very original at all. The special effects are not very impressive, nor is the acting. It is already dated. Just another rip-off film.
August 14, 2009
It's a typical Bruce Campbell movie, campy and low budget. The special effects are cheese even for 1992
December 2, 2008
B movie. Very bad acting and horrible special effects. The ending is a cop-out also.
November 16, 2008
An entertaining post-appocyplic film that stars the great Bruce Campbell. With an original concept, great gore, and fantastic zombie, this is worth your time. If Bruce was in the film more, I'd think this would be worthy of owning. I'm dead serious. "Hail to the King!"
November 14, 2008
A headstrong young girl seeking "real experiences" gets what she asked for when she is exiled from a safe society where everyone spends the bulk of their lives hooked into virtual reality pleasure machines, and is forced to fend for herself on a post-nuclear surface world filled with cannibal mutants. Fast-moving and surprisingly thoughtful; would have been better if co-star Bruce Campbell's charisma had been put to better use.