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Ghost in the Machine (1993)

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Karl Hochman is a technician in a computer store. He is also known as the "Address Book Killer" due to his habit of stealing people's address books and proceeding to murder anyone listed in the book. Terry Munroe and her son Josh come into the store to purchase software, and a salesman uses Terry's address book to demonstrate a handheld scanner. Karl obtains the book, and while driving to Terry's house that night in a thunderstorm, his car runs off the road and lands upside down in a cemetery. While Karl is undergoing an MRI at a 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. It is up to Terry, Josh, and computer hacker Bram Walker to stop him before it is too late. Written by Rebekah Swain (rkoshea1956@hotmail.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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,431, 2 January 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,086,909
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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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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 »

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Phil Stewart: You don't think a hacker did this do you?
Bram: Well, when you leave it out in the open no self-respecting hacker is going to pass it by.
Phil Stewart: [grits teeth and pulls hair out] Auugghhh! God Damnit!
[tears out of room]
Phil Stewart: Get the hell out of my way!
Bram: You know you don't handle stress very well, Phil.
Phil Stewart: Jesus Christ.
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Features The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

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Check Yourself
Performed by D-Nice and Too $hort (as Too Short)
Written by D-Nice (as Derrick Jones) and Too $hort (as Todd Shaw)
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Serial Killer's Soul Invades Computer Mainframe...
5 December 2006 | by 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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