Arcade (1993)

Nomination Year: 2003
SYNOPSIS:  Arcade is a video game. A really crappy video game, actually. And not just because it's evil. You lose, it gets your soul...and nobody's ever won. And the only way to stop it is for a girl who's no good at video games to go into the game and beat it from the inside.

Most Ludicrous Premise

A Real Brain Teaser
Q gets the Arcade's spastic psycho programmer to explain the secrets behind the game. In a nutshell, it was programmed with the brain cells of an abused kid. But he was already brain dead, so it's not like it was unethical.

Smithee Award Winner! Deus Ex Machina

With All Those Souls, It Must Be Low on Hard-Drive Space
Arcade kills the heroine. Suddenly, the heroine reappears and kills Arcade. How? "Guess what, asshole? You forgot my free life." I particularly like Arcade's helpful message, "Player's Soul Lost. Insert Quarters."

Stupidest-Looking Monster

The Flying Screamer
The flying Screamer. Dig the lime green aviator goggles.

Worst Cover Copy

"With Real VR Special Effects!"
"With Real VR Special Effects!"

Worst Special Effect

It's the Real VR Special Effects
OK, it's a blue screen with really bad computer animation. We're not talking CGI here; more like VGA.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Megan Ward  
Peter Billingsley First "Messy Marvin," then Ralphie in A Christmas Story, now this 
John De Lancie The irrepressible "Q" on Star Trek 
Sharon Farrell IMDb says she once suffered amnesia; that must be when she made this film 
Seth Green "Oz" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
A.J. Langer  
Jonathan Fuller  
Director Claim to Fame
Albert Pyun Director who seems to have a "thing" for tech/android/cyborg movies: Cyborg, the Nemesis series, Omega Doom, and others 

Greg Pearson

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