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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Allen ... Terry Munroe
Chris Mulkey ... Bram Wlaker
Ted Marcoux Ted Marcoux ... Karl Hopkins
Wil Horneff ... Josh Munroe
Jessica Walter ... Elaine Spencer
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Frazer
Rick Ducommun ... Phil Stewart
Nancy Fish ... Karl's Landlord
Jack Laufer ... Elliott Miller
Shevonne Durkin Shevonne Durkin ... Carol Maibaum
Richard McKenzie ... Frank Mallory
Mimi Lieber ... Marta
Mickey Gilbert Mickey Gilbert ... Mickey the Driver
Ken Thorley ... Salesman
Carl Gabriel Yorke ... Safety Technician
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Terror See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$5,086,909
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Features The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Under Some Budda
Performed by D-Nice
Written by D-Nice (as Derrick Jones)
Courtesy of Jive Records
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The Vidiot Reviews...
7 January 2011 | by capone666See 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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