Arcade (film)

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Arcade poster.jpg
Directed byAlbert Pyun
Produced byCathy Gesualdo
Screenplay byDavid S. Goyer
Story byCharles Band
StarringMegan Ward
Peter Billingsley
John de Lancie
Sharon Farrell
Seth Green
A. J. Langer
Bryan Dattilo
Music byAlan Howarth
Tony Riparetti
CinematographyGeorge Mooradian
Edited byMiles Wynton
Distributed byFull Moon Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • July 20, 1993 (1993-07-20) (Germany)
  • March 30, 1994 (1994-03-30) (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Arcade is a B-movie science fiction/horror film directed by Albert Pyun, written by David Goyer and produced by Full Moon Entertainment and released in 1993.


Alex Manning (Megan Ward) is a troubled suburban teenager. Her mother committed suicide and the school counselor feels that she has not dealt with her feelings properly. Manning and her friends decide to visit the local video arcade known as "Dante's Inferno" where a new virtual reality arcade game called "Arcade" is being test marketed by a computer company CEO who is more than willing to hand out free samples of the home console version and hype up the game as if his job is depending on it, and it is.

However, it soon becomes clear that the teenagers who play the game and lose are being imprisoned inside the virtual reality world by the central villain: "Arcade". It would seem that "Arcade" was once a little boy who was beaten to death by his mother, and the computer company felt it would be a good idea to use some of the boy's brain cells in order to make the game's villain more realistic. Instead, it made the game deadly. The game's programmer knew there would be a problem with this, and even tried, but failed, to convince the computer company, Vertigo/Tronics, to halt the game's release because of the company's unorthodox decision to use human brain cells in the game's development.

Nick and Alex enlist the help of the game's programmer and head to the video arcade for a final showdown with "Arcade" and his deadly virtual world. While Alex is able to release her friends from a virtual prison, she also ended up freeing the evil little boy, who taunts Alex in the final moments of the film.

In the original CGI version, however, the film ends on a somewhat happier note, with Alex, her friends, and Albert (the programmer) simply walking away from Dante's Inferno, with the donor's soul seemingly laid to rest.


Actor Role
Megan Ward Alex Manning
Peter Billingsley Nick
John de Lancie Difford
Sharon Farrell Alex's Mom
Seth Green Stilts
A.J. Langer Laurie
Bryan Dattilo Greg
Brandon Rane Benz
Sean Bagley Lab Assistant
B.J. Barie DeLoache
Humberto Ortiz Boy
Norbert Weisser Albert
Don Stark Finster
Dorothy Dells Mrs. Weaver
Todd Starks Burt Manning
Alexandria Byrne Kid at Arcade Parlour


The film features heavy use of CGI, which was fully redone after The Walt Disney Company named Full Moon in a potential lawsuit. The Sky Cycles in this film resembled the light cycles from Disney's Tron. The VideoZone video magazine (a staple of Full Moon films during the 1990s) as well as some trailers showed footage from the original version of the film. As a rarity, the VideoZone featured on the Full Moon Classics DVD release of the film contains no footage of the released film's CGI, but only of the original film's version.

Despite the change in CGI, the original CGI version did manage to find a release in some places outside of North America, such as Argentina, Germany, Poland and Italy.[1][unreliable source?]


  • In the original CGI version of the film, in the scene where Alex arrives at the City of Truth, there is a scene where a fight between her and her friend, Laurie (as "the truth teller") takes place. Laurie revealed that she lied and tries to kill Alex with a knife in her hand to prevent Alex from taking the key from her to the next level, but she is eventually defeated, leaving Alex to take the key to the next level. This scene was omitted in the redone version, leaving it unknown how Alex got the key to the next level. However, it can be assumed that Laurie (as the "truth teller") was actually telling the truth this time, and gave Alex the key to the next level.

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