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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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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 »

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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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Worker: [hands Elliot bad ladder] Here's your ladder sir.
Elliot Miller: What the hell is this?
[hits a metal thing on it which sways wildly]
Elliot Miller: What are trying to do? Kill me? Go get another ladder and make sure you fill out the right form this time. 12-M. That's M as in moron.
Worker: [looks at Elliot displeased]
Elliot Miller: Well go!
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To the Beat Y'all
Performed by Kool Moe Dee
Written by Kool Moe Dee (as Moe Dewese) and Teddy Riley
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Serial Killer's Soul Invades Computer Mainframe...
5 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I thought THE NET with Sandra Bullock was pretty over-the-top in the way her identity was so completely stolen, but it made a smashingly interesting thrill flick. However, THE NET was nothing compared to the overripe imagination of the screenwriter for THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE.

Computer tekkies will love all the computer graphics involved here in showing how a serial killer, during an MRI power surge, gets his killer soul inserted into a network of computers so that he becomes the hacker from hell. KAREN ALLEN is his main victim, since he was an employee in a store where she was looking for a computerized address book. He has designs on her the moment he sees her with her young son (WIL HORNEFF).

But she's not the only victim he seeks from her address book. Several others meet their imaginative deaths because of his stalking them through his computer wizardry (in most improbable and highly unlikely ways). But logic is the ingredient missing from the entire concept of this horror story that has fun devising various gruesome deaths for at least four or five people. CHRIS MULKEY is good as a computer wizard who helps her combat and ultimately destroy the virus which takes human form in the shape of graphic bits.

Not really as bad as it sounds but all the graphics become a bit tiresome after awhile. I thought one of the best scenes had the automatic awning on the swimming pool covering almost the entire pool in ominous fashion, until the boy decides to swim underneath it to adjust the controls. That bit of natural horror was scarier than some of the computer graphic nonsense.

Summing up: Not bad as these sort of things go. Holds the attention but demands complete suspension of logic.


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