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Arcade [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 20785608
  • Release Date: 10/23/2012
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)


    This long-delayed sci-fi/horror project from Charles Band's "B"-factory Full Moon Entertainment features Megan Ward and Peter Billingsley (once the cuddly hero of A Christmas Story) as a pair of suburban teens who discover that the neighborhood's most popular virtual-reality video game -- unimaginatively-dubbed Arcade -- is possessed of a malevolent intelligence and a hunger for young souls. After several Arcade junkies are captured by the digital demon, our heroes decide to strap on their virtual helmets and go head-to-head with the computer to rescue them, facing a confounding series of elaborate puzzles and eventually squaring off against the soul of Arcade itself. "B"-movie journeyman Albert Pyun handles the virtual reality fantasy scenes with verve, though the mediocre effects are hardly worth the endless delays that hounded this production. This film's entire premise was explored far more expertly 10 years earlier in Disney's Tron, and with far more interesting characters than this brooding bunch. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Megan Ward
      Megan Ward - Alex Manning
    • Peter Billingsley
      Peter Billingsley - Nick
    • John deLancie
      John deLancie - Difford
    • Sharon Farrell
      Sharon Farrell - Alex's Mom
    • Seth Green
      Seth Green - Stilts

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great 90's Independent Cheese

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Arcade is an interesting, even though cheezy, 90's scifi/horror film. A teenage girl and her friends find a brand new game at their local arcade that promises the ultimate AI challenge. Her friends try the game, then vanish. When they don't resurface, she is left to unravel the mystery of a deadly video game. About a quarter of this film takes place in the game itself while the rest is outside of it with some bleedover between the two. The Special effects are sort of dated and parts (like the riddle puzzle) are predictable. The acting can be stilted and the entire script feels rough about the edges, however, that's part of the charm. This film is steeped in 90's goodness from the sunglasses and hair cuts, a young Seth Green (of Family Guy and Robot Chicken fame), video game violence paranoia and one arcade that's too cool to really exist. Arcade isn't high art, but if you're looking for a cheesy 90's thrill ride you're in for a good time. It's less commercial than the Wizard yet still captures the fears and excitement video games held in the early 90's. It's one of my guilty pleasures.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great 90's Take On VR

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Highly recommended to watch. Special effects will seem really dated but it's a fun film about a VR program that loves to kill it's players.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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