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Ghost from the Machine (2010)

Phasma Ex Machina (original title)
PG-13 | | Sci-Fi | 2010 (USA)
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After his parents are killed in a car accident, Cody is left dealing with enormous guilt, caring for his younger brother and the persistent thought of how to bring his parents back to life.... See full summary »

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Matt Osterman

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Matt Osterman
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Credited cast:
Sasha Andreev ... Cody
Michelle Bergh ... Emily Conlee - Ghost
Lynette Biunno Lynette Biunno ... Cody and James's Mother
Matthew Feeney ... Tom
Emily Fradenburgh ... Becca
Bill Gorman Bill Gorman ... Mr. Kravitch
Ted Hall Ted Hall ... Cutter
Mari Harris Mari Harris ... Principal
Max Hauser ... James
Katrina Hawley Katrina Hawley ... Tom's Wife
Ellen Karsten ... Jess
Gary David Keast ... Cody & James's Father
Laurie King Laurie King ... Mrs. Conlee
Daniel Sjerven Daniel Sjerven ... Police Officer
Joel Thingvall Joel Thingvall ... Jeff the Blogger
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After his parents are killed in a car accident, Cody is left dealing with enormous guilt, caring for his younger brother and the persistent thought of how to bring his parents back to life. Cody knows he is not the first person to have this idea or the first to have attempted to carry it through. After several attempts with his electromagnetic device, he becomes the first to breach the wall between the living and the dead But where is the line between life and death? And who actually comes back? What ghosts come out of the machine? "Phasma Ex Machina" is a sci-fi film that combines both heart and mystery with electronic veins and sheet metal. Written by Deeww

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Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language
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USA

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English

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2010 (USA) See more »

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Ghost from the Machine See more »

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Hodag Films See more »
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Trivia

The Police car that we see in the background when the cop is questioning Cody and James was actually belonged to the film's Sound Designer, 'Jonathan Mohs' - an early 1990s Ford Thunderbird. Employed for use at the last minute, the car had a bad battery which required someone to start and run the engine a few minutes between each take to recharge and re-brighten the headlights. See more »

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Includes the following humorous variation on the standard legal disclaimer at the end of the credits: "The events, characters and firms depicted in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actually dead, or to actual firms is purely coincidental." See more »

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Remade as Our House (2018) See more »

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An Original Ghost Story
25 August 2011 | by jcorty28See all my reviews

Ghost From the Machine is an original and ultimately heartbreaking ghost story. Subtle and nuanced, the film tells the story of an afflicted young man who's bound and determined to reach and bring back his parents from 'the other side' at the expense of maintaining personal relationships. You hope he achieves his singular purpose because if not, he stands to lose a lot. After many trials and some success, he learns a difficult lesson in that no one is meant to ever come back.

The film itself is a more character based film than pure horror. Sure, it has its scares and genuinely creepy moments, but it's the focus on the characters which really drives the film. When I stated that it's subtle and nuanced, I meant it is in such away that it never really force feeds you the 'why' of Cody being so single minded. You just know that he is extremely grief stricken and in some way, feels responsible for what happened. The same with our widowed tech geek. You never really know the ins and outs of his relationship with his wife. You just know that she was the love of his life. The horror elements are balanced carefully with our character driven moments and the filmmaker pulled off this balancing act exceptionally well. Had he not done so, the ending would not have packed as much of an emotional of a punch as needed. Truly not a made for Hollywood ending.

Check this one out if you like more emotionally engrossing films that are thought provoking but also terrifying. It sounds like an oxymoron but this is one horror film that is truly different.


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