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This is a combination of modern Horror and old Twilight Zone style science fiction.
The story is fairly well told. In the 1980s, the idea of the living machine was not overused. It's an age old idea, as life is given to an inanimate object. In this case, there is an attempt to explain it as a scientific plausibility when a "witch" is incorporated into a ship.
The movie tries to take both worlds, to satisfy the Horror crowd with witchcraft and "possession", and the Science Fiction crowd with the other possibility.
And that's a minor point, but still a point I would rather the movie take sides on instead of intentionally and obviously grab at multiple audiences. Still, knowing that, one can't blame them.
The story is fairly well told, a bit engaging. Most of the characters are quite likable, and we can believe their experiences and reactions. I am very surprised at the low rating on IMDb. I am a tough grader, with 5/10 being an average, decent film, and thought my 6/10 was low, but clearly, since I am a tough grader, and not a huge fan of this sort of film making, I am very suspect as to the motives of those who rate this film so low, especially since there were multitudes. You can infer a logical conclusion from that, one you can't prove, but know to be true.
I didn't care much for the background sound, and it was a large reason why I didn't rate it higher. A film should be relaxing and easy to watch. I do understand that this is geared to the masochistic Horror crowd, but not totally. In any event, it is uncomfortable viewing, with inadequate Sound effects. The story itself receives a passing grade.
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