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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... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Marcoux ...
Elaine Spencer
Karl's Landlord
Shevonne Durkin ...
Carol Maibaum
Frank Mallory
Mickey Gilbert ...
Mickey the Driver
Ken Thorley ...
Safety Technician


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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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The trailer features the scores of 1987's "Predator" and 1986's "Aliens". 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 »


Veteran Cop: [to rookie cop] Looks like you're gonna have a hell of a night as your first day on the force.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Tapped Out (2012) See more »


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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So bad its good!
29 July 2002 | by 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 plot...read 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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