Show Notes

The Novel

The title was taken from a Stephen King short story which pretty much otherwise has no relationship at all to the film. This actually led to a lawsuit.

Director Brett Leonard

Was praised at the time for his vision. Virtuosity.

3D Graphics at the Time of the Film

Wolfenstein 3D. Compact discs technology. Sega CD. The cost of this film in time and money. How impressed we all were at the time. Sega console monstrosity. The Sega Tower of Power.

Virtual Reality: Past

What we thought it would be at the time of the film.

Virtual Reality: Present

360° “VR” movies. Google cardboard. AR. How directed do we want our experiences with art to be?

Virtual Reality: Future

VR training. Holodeck. Pornography. Awesome-sounding VR “theme park” in Utah. [youtube]cML814JD09g[/youtube]

Becoming the Lawnmower Man

Nootropics. The singularity. Controlling the real world via the internet.


  • 3d animation, 
  • augmented reality, 
  • classic gaming, 
  • computer generated graphics, 
  • holodeck, 
  • intelligence, 
  • man versus machine, 
  • nootropics, 
  • science fiction, 
  • virtual reality