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Future Shock [Blu-ray]

4.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Virtual Reality technology is applied to psychiatric use when Dr. Russel Langdon uses his experimental equipment to probe the minds of three unsuspecting patients. One by one, the victims are forced to confront their deepest, darkest fears in the doctor's misguided attempts to eradicate their problems. But the human mind when combined with modern technology and primal fear can be fatal...and the doctor finds a surprising result.

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Stunning, stylized and consistently thrilling! --Cinefantastique

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vivian Schilling, Martin Kove, Brion James, Sydney Lassick, Max John James
  • Directors: Eric Parkinson, Matt Reeves
  • Format: Dolby
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039OWJQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Michael Grösch-McCluskey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 10, 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this B-movie!
It's an anthology of stories that offer a machine as a tie-in
that helps a shrink make patients imagine things of horrific
nature to get rid of their deepest fears.
Bill Paxton plays a room mate from hell. Wow!
I think this is movie is about a 22-years-old, so there are
several familiar faces... if you're as old as me; I saw Alien
and Aliens when they came out, at local theaters... when I
was in the Army.
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Sure, there are no academy awards to be handed out, and the film quality leaves a little to be desired, but this movie has a strong concept, and was delivered pretty well with what they had available. The behind the scenes making of really made tied this film together, and gave it a special feel. It looked really like it was just a fun film for Bill Paxton and the rest of the crew to make, irreguardless of box office sales, and you can tell it by the way the actors appear in this film. It is a B level film, and it shows, but with a few tweaks, this could have been a big box office smash. Worth checking out. I bought a copy for 3 bucks, well worth it, cheaper than renting!!!!!
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A fairly mediocre low-budget scifi that's mostly notable for the fact it managed to pull in cameos from various actors such as Bill Paxton.

The film is made up of three mini-movies, which all share the same premise of a hypnotic "virtual reality device" that causes various psychology patients to live through their "deepest fears". What this actually amounts to are fairly mundane things such as being chased by dogs or being antagonised by an inconsiderate roommate.

Overall, it's a fairly boring, unimpressive movie, but for the price it's currently going for (around three or four dollars) it's worth a quick watch.
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Are you the type of Bill Paxton fan (like myself) who admires the actor so much that you are driven to see movies like "Thunderbirds" and "Spy Kids 2" simply because he is in them? If so, then you will definitely want to check out this amateurish anthology flick, which features Paxton as a nutjob who preys on weak college students to find a place to live. It's not exactly Paxton at his finest, but then, he's got fairly terrible material to work with, so you can't fault him too much.

The premise is that customers at a Virtual Reality psychology clinic have nightmares while they are undergoing whatever procedure they are undergoing. Possibly this is based on a comic book, as someone is holding a comic named "Future Shock" during a short behind-the-scenes in the special features. Does it matter? No. This is a bad movie no matter where its sources lie.

Paxton fanatics, check it out. Everyone else, donate the money you were going to spend to charity.
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Future Shock (Eric Parkinson et al., 1993)
[originally posted 15Feb2001]

This could have been a fantastic movie. It's an anthology film set around the office of a therapist who's come up with a new method of hypnotherapy. Over the course of the day, he sees three of his truly screwed-up patients, subjects them to the hypnosis, and waits. We get to watch what happens during the waiting.

The writing is just shy of good. The acting is just shy of good (save a few memorable performances, most notably from Bill Paxton, back when his contract still allowed him to play sleazy bad guys; he's as good and rowdy in here as he is in Near Dark). The production is just shy of good. Unfortunately, it all adds up to bad, albeit bad in a kind of endearing way. The potential in each of these stories tends to get in the way of the sheer, mindless enjoyment. The exception is the last story, "Mr. Petrified Forest," a shaggy-dog story about a guy having a near-death experience who can't remember how he got outside the gates of heaven.

Ah, the potential. It's worth a free viewing if it pops up on TV, but don't go out of your way. **
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By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I rented this thinking it might somehow be related to the ALVIN TOFFLER book of the same title. Naturally, I was disappointed to discover that this film is an entirely different matter. However, within minutes I found my attention so drawn into this clever little thriller that I soon forgot Mr. Toffler and his dark predictions. While I have definitely seen better, scarier thrillers, I don't think I've ever been so engaged by one actress on screen, pretty much by herself, for so long. Vivian Shilling plays a typical Malibu neurotic housewife sort who slowly drives herself into a panic about a pack of neighborhood wolves (not the Hollywood type of wolf, but the literal sort). Bill Paxton sort of hams up his role as an insane roommate... but keeps the pace moving. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this flick... and enjoyed it enough to take the time to tell you!
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