Arcade script
Arcade (1994)
Synopsis: 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

As the BELL dies we hear the army of FOOTSTEPS outside, students milling

in the halls.

Alex glances at the door and starts to rise from her chair.


We don't have to stop now...


(cutting him off)

That's okay. I've got a test coming up

anyway. Gotta study.



I have to tell you, I'm a little concerned

about you, Alex. It's been three months

now since your mother, uh...


(offering, fixing him with

a stare)

Killed herself?

Mr. Weaver stops, more than a little uncomfortable.



Yes. Now your father...


He's a basket case. You've talked to him.

You know that. He might as well be dead


Alex glances down at the floor, anything to avoid looking at the

counselor. She heaves a backpack onto to shoulder.



Look Mr. Weaver, I don't even know why I

came here. I fine. Really.

(looking up)

It's like I said. It's just part of the

past now. It doesn't matter anymore.

She turns, and before Mr. Weaver can respond, she's out the door.


Alex moves quickly through the mass of STUDENTS, wiping the remnants of

half-tears on her coat sleeve.



Fun-time. Total chaos. If you've been to high-school you know the riff.

Bad food, teen-age melodrama, and a squadron of SUPERVISORS trying to keep

a lid on things.


makes her way to the far corner of the cafeteria where a cluster of kids

lounge around a table. These are Alex's FRIENDS. And while none of them

are your garden variety pocket-protector-type nerds, these kids aren't

exactly part of the "in-crowd". They're a little off. Quirky. All of

them come from screwed up families, and that's what bonds them. They are:

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Charles Band

The son of filmmaker Albert Band, Charles Band followed in his father's shoes. After several years as an independent filmmaker, he started Empire Pictures in the mid-'80s. That company collapsed due to the falling Italian currency--the company's studio was headquartered in Italy--Band established Full Moon Pictures. Full Moon has grown into an empire with several subsidiary companies, including Pulsepounders, Surrender Cinema, Pulp Fantasy, Action Xtreme, Alchemy, Filmonsters, Moonbeam, Torchlight, Monster Island and Cult Video. more…

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