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Ghost in the Machine (1993)

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Karl Hochman, a technician in a computer shop, is also "The Address-Book Killer", who obtains the names of his victims from stolen address-books. Terry Munroe and her son Josh come into the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Terry Munroe
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Bram Wlaker
Ted Marcoux ...
Karl Hopkins
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Josh Munroe
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Elaine Spencer
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Frazer
Rick Ducommun ...
Phil Stewart
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Karl's Landlord
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Elliott Miller
Shevonne Durkin ...
Carol Maibaum
Richard McKenzie ...
Frank Mallory
Mimi Lieber ...
Marta
Mickey Gilbert ...
Mickey the Driver
Ken Thorley ...
Salesman
Carl Gabriel Yorke ...
Safety Technician
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Karl Hochman, a technician in a computer shop, is also "The Address-Book Killer", who obtains the names of his victims from stolen address-books. Terry Munroe and her son Josh come into the store to price software, and a salesman uses Terry's address-book to demonstrate a hand-held scanner. Karl obtains the file, and while driving to Terry's house that night in a heavy electrical storm, his car runs off the road and lands upside down in a cemetery. While Karl is undergoing a CAT scan at the hospital, a surge of lightning courses through the building, and Karl's mind is transformed into electrical energy. Karl uses the electrical grid and computer networks to continue his killing-spree. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Rated R for high-tech horror violence | See all certifications »

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29 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,914,692 (USA)
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The trailer shows the power going out at Frazier's place, but yet in the actual movie this scene never happens. See more »

Goofs

In one of the early scenes, we see Karen (mother) traveling along the street in her Volvo sedan from a distance, in which you can clearly see there is no-one visible in the passenger front seat. It is empty. In the next scene we see her son sitting in the seat. See more »

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[last lines]
Bram: Terry?
Terry Monroe: Yeah?
Bram: Do me a favor.
Terry Monroe: Anything.
Bram: Turn off that damn machine.
[Terry switch off the ECG monitor Bram is hooked up to]
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Performed by D-Nice
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Good escapism, but could've been more
3 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1980s, practical effects reigned supreme in genre films. In the coming decade, visual effects were reaching a new height. Things not possible before were becoming just the opposite. It would make it easier to transport audiences to new worlds. 'Jurassic Park' is an example of film utilizing digital effects beautifully. That same year saw the release of a film that would bring the slasher film into the 90s. Using state of the art visuals, it would attempt to breath life into a well worn sub-genre. The result is not all it could've been, but is still above average.

Pros: Solid performances. Stylish direction. Effective score. Interesting twist on the slasher film. Inventive death scenes. Good practical and some decent visual effects. Quick pace.

Cons: Serious lack of suspense. Case of style over substance. Some of the effects look silly now.

Final thoughts: A critical and financial failure, 'Ghost in the Machine' is not nearly so bad. The talented cast and director make it a worthwhile experience. The problem lies with the script, which sadly is pretty thin. A shame because like 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' this was an interesting new spin on slasher films. Still, it's a fun way to kill 90 minutes.

My rating: 3.5/5


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