Films: Arcade (1993)
Location: Eldritch location
Summary: Virtual reality is a budding concept even to this day. But you can bet that the early days of video games absolutely salivated over the prospect. But like anything else, horror always finds a way to expose the pitfalls of such a boon.
History: Before EA Games took the mantle of corrupt corporate executives running video games, Vertigo/Tronic peddled out "Arcade", an awesome new virtual reality experience...powered by the brain cells and soul of an abused little boy hellbent on vengeance. And now, people who lose the game are disappearing, and those who would rescue them must contend with the tricks, traps, and monsters that inhabit Arcade’s world.
Notable Kills: Nothing special
Final Fate: The similarly parentally abandoned Alex manages to outsmart Arcade, and smashes his core to pieces before freeing the rest. However, she also releases the boy's soul, who still insists on running rampant as a revenant.
Powers/Abilities: Complete power over an endless world of digital monsters, including specters and winged skeletons. He can also plunge you into a personal Hell if he pleases.
Weakness: He is actually quite fragile if you can hit him.
Scariness Factor: 3-The concept of being trapped in a dangerous world of digital monsters run by a megalomaniacal AI is scary in concept and a little bit of execution. But the terrible CGI and Arcade’s rather hammy cartoon villain voice sullies it considerably.
Trivia: -Originally, this film had better effects, but because some elements resembled Disney's "Tron" too closely, it all had to be redone.
-The original version is available in some areas, and its ending is a lot less foreboding, considering that the boy's spirit doesn't come back to haunt the world.