Ghost in the Machine (1993)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  29 December 1993 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Terry Munroe
Bram Wlaker
Ted Marcoux ...
Karl Hopkins
Josh Munroe
Elaine Spencer
Phil Stewart
Karl's Landlord
Elliott Miller
Shevonne Durkin ...
Carol Maibaum
Richard McKenzie ...
Frank Mallory
Mimi Lieber ...
Mickey Gilbert ...
Mickey the Driver
Ken Thorley ...
Carl Gabriel Yorke ...
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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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Terror  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$4,914,692 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wil Horneff and Brandon Quinton Adams both appeared in the Sandlot, which also the movie came out in the same year. See more »


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 »


[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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The Vidiot Reviews...
7 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ghost in the Machine

The worst thing about being an online serial killer is that Internet users can leave comments about how "gay" your murders are.

Fortunately, the serial killer caught in cyberspace here can retaliate against such cowardly remarks.

When the Address Book Killer (Ted Marcoux) gets into an accident, he's taken to the hospital. As his injured body lies inside of an MRI, an electrical storm causes his mind to be transferred into a nearby computer.

Able to continue carrying out his murderous rampage, by possessing electrical appliances, ABK targets Terry (Karen Allen) and the contacts in her little black book.

Now, her and her computer hacker friend must trick the killer into accepting a virus.

Although dated, and poorly acted, this 1993 horror movie has some interesting ideas when it comes to cyber-slayings.

As for how to spot an online serial killer – they're the one who's wearing someone else's profile picture. (Yellow Light)

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