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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 ... 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

Gross USA:

$5,086,909

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,086,909
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Company Credits

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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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The trailer shows the power going out at Frazier's place, but yet in the actual movie this scene never happens. 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

Josh Munroe: Ooh! This is nice, if you want to attract a golfer.
Terry Monroe: I'm getting style tips from somebody with 87 black T-shirts!
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »

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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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Serial Killer's Soul Invades Computer Mainframe...
5 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee 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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