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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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Rachel Talalay
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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 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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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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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

The trailer features the scores of 1987's "Predator" and 1986's "Aliens". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Computer Ghost of Karl: Guess again, Einstein. I'm dead already!
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Connections

Referenced in Vedro: This Friday Night (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop 'cos You're Breaking My Heart
Written by Mark Sandell and Neal Watson
Courtesy of Firstcom / Chappel Production Music Library
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Not bad, not good....
6 March 2008 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

I have to agree with several reviewers who tired of the special effects. By now, we cannot suspend disbelief enough after years of the internet, and the premise is tired and dated.

Karen Allen, a decent actor, elevates the material a bit, as well as Chris Mulkey and a few amusing scenes with Jessica Walter, as the cantankerous mother in law.

Other than that, the only memorable scene is when the dog disappears under the swimming pool tarp. You may want to skip this one unless you are easily led by sci-fi fiction. Recommended if you are completely bored on a rainy day. 4/10.


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