This made for TV movie is based on the book of the same name. I guess it was made to cash in on the Dungeons and Dragons role playing games that were popular at the time. In this TVM the game that entraps the characters is called Mazes and Monsters. The film plays on Americas paraonia at that time that A grade students were losing their minds and abandoning their studies to go off on mythical quests and never return. Cos apparently if you play a game where you pretend to be someone else pretty soon you are that person. Like, if you pull a face and the wind changes you're stuck with it. It's true. Anyway, that's what happens to young Tommy Hanks. Ok his parents are having marital difficulties and there is his brothers recent suicide. But Tommy is a comitted Level 9 Mazes and Monsters player but to get to level 10 he has to give up drink , drugs and sex. And he's at college. Ouch that's one serious player. He goes right out the College front door, leaves his girl and his friends and goes on a mythical quest to find his dead brother.
Still the creature FX are marvellous given the budget and young Tommy Hanks is great as a nutter who trips into the game and has difficulty getting out of it.