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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 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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They said the killer was better off dead. They were wrong. See more »

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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Did You Know?


Approximately 40 minutes into the movie, a computer is scrolling through a list of names in a phone book, in search of its next victim. The names listed are mostly Hollywood producers. Going through the list slowly reveals Caryn Mandabach (listed as "Caryn Mandab"), Wink Martindale, Lorne Michaels (of Saturday Night Live (1975)), Bill Melendez ("Charlie Brown" specials), Neal Marlens (Growing Pains (1985)), Thomas L. Miller (Full House (1987)) and a host of others. The name the computer is searching for is Terry Munroe, which (maybe by coincidence) happens to be the birth name of actor Stepin Fetchit. See more »


At Terry's ATM and on the computer address search, her last name appears as Munroe. On her son's computer info, his name is spelled as Monroe which is what the credits show. See more »


Salesman: [Karl is sniffing Terry's address book] Karl what are you doing?
Karl Hochman: [stops] Um... the woman that bought the Paper Warrior today, she forgot her address book and I was thinking about going down there and...
Karl Hochman: returning it.
Salesman: How did I get lucky enough to find you? That is a terrific gesture.
Karl Hochman: It'd be a real pleasure.
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So bad its good!
29 July 2002 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that is so flagrantly horrible that its actually good, in the vein of Godzilla - its the type of film that you can watch on a Saturday night with a group of buddies and laugh your @$$ off to, the deaths are hilarious in their extravagance, and the killer is laughable along with the the prior reviews to get the jist of the movie, but read this one if you would like to know a good, bad movie.

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