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Saturday, October 26, 2013

MINDWARP (Twilight Time Blu-ray) Review

Until Twilight Time put out one of their most recent limited edition Blu-ray discs, Mindwarp, I hadn't heard of it. It stars Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm. Still hadn't heard of it. It's beautifully gory, imaginative and provides a truly unique vision of the post-apocalypse that is somewhere between Brave New World, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Phantasm. If you're tired of everything. Then Mindwarp will be a friend with which to visit and see what Fangoria Films was doing in the early 90's when horror started to take a turn for the action packed and less formulaic (at least for a limited time).

Synopsis from Twilight Time:

Cult horror veterans Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) and Angus Scrimm (Phantasm) co-star in Mindwarp (1992), produced by Fangoria Films (an off-shoot of the popular horror film magazine). The film tells the grisly tale of a post-apocalyptic society in which the privileged exist only as “Dreamers,” eternally plugged into a virtual reality fantasyland, Inworld, while in the ravaged Outworld, humans have mutated into savage flesh-eaters, led by a mysterious, charismatic despot interested only in survival.

Trailer (fan made):


Mindwarp is a truly entertaining picture providing a constant visual queue to keep you excited. Whether the movie is introducing a new creature, villain, virtual reality simulation or classic performance by Bruce Campbell, you will be entertained. As with any solid post-apocalyptic horror movie (zombie or other) the film deals with a variety of social issues expressly different from and outside of the obvious monster problem. It seems to me that Mindwarp is about class struggle. Who is allowed to play the part of virtual dreamer, devoid of responsibility in the new harsh reality after the fall of man? It paints a picture of technology as the ultimate pacification; that those who can be allowed to escape reality are the wealthy and the privileged. To survive, one must step outside of false reality.

The Mindwarp Blu-ray disc is limited to 3000 copies. It contains a TV spot and an isolated Score Track. The quality is quite good, providing a more than adequate medium to relay gallons of guts and monsters on the screen. While I had not seen this movie before the Twilight Time release, I see no flaw in it that would lead me to believe that this disc is inferior to the previous incarnation aka VHS. Clearly this is an improvement.

Mindwarp is perfect for fans of post-apocalyptic anything, but it will make an especially positive impact for those of you who are tired of the zombies being the only thing lurking the end of times. Mad Max fans should apply. Fans of Radioactive Dreams (though this is more serious) should take a look. It's almost medieval in nature applying a same feeling of a grand battle between the powers of good and the forces of evil in strange suits of armor with technological advancements in the hip thing of the late 80's and early 90's, virtual reality (remember Lawnmower Man?).

Mindwarp is available in extremely limited copies now from Screen Archives now.

-Dr. TERROR

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