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Ghost in the Machine (1993)




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A serial killer is transformed into a computer virus out to destroy more than your hard drive in this sci-fi thriller. Terry Munroe (Karen Allen), a single mother, is looking for a gift for her boss and visits a computer store, where one of the employees demonstrates a hand-held scanner than can transfer the information from her address book into a software program that will store the information on her PC. Unknown to Terry, one of the employees of the store is Karl Hochman (Ted Marcoux), known in the press as "The Address Book Killer," who likes to steal other people's address books and murder all the people listed within, including the book's owner. Terry accidentally leaves her book behind at the store, and Karl lifts it, but as he drives to her house to strike her off the list first, he is injured in a serious accident and taken to a hospital. While Karl is being given a CAT scan, lightning strikes the building and Karl is transformed into a series of electrical impulses that can travel as computer code from one system to another, or as current through power lines. Soon Terry begins to suspect something is wrong as her friends succumb to attacks by microwave ovens, hot-air blowers, and other household objects. Terry and her computer-savvy son, Josh (Wil Horneff), realize that they're at risk after Karl appears in Josh's virtual reality games; it's up to Bram Walker (Chris Mulkey), a brilliant hacker-turned-computer maintenance technician, to isolate and destroy the Karl virus before it can kill again. The film's soundtrack features such hip-hop stars as D-Nice and Too Short, Schoolly-D, Grandmaster Slice, and Kool Moe Dee. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: William Davies, William Osborne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 2006
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Karen Allen
as Terry Munroe
Chris Mulkey
as Bram Wlaker
Nancy Fish
as Landlord
Jack Laufer
as Elliott
Richard McKenzie
as Frank Mallory
Mickey Gilbert (II)
as Mickey the Driver
Ken Thorley
as Salesman
Carl Gabriel Yorke
as Safety Technician
Richard Schiff
as Scanner Technician
Walter Addison
as Veteran Cop
Matthew Glave
as Rookie Cop
Carlease Burke
as Woman Cop
Chris Ellis
as Lieutenant
Charles Stranski
as Cop at Police Statio...
Charles Stransky
as Cop at Police Statio...
Alix Koromzay
as Punk Girl
Nigel Gibbs
as Detective
Andrew Woodworth
as Home Security Man
Don Keith Opper
as Man in Office
Edwina Moore
as Newswoman
Rick Scarry
as Newsman
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Machine

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A reboot is definitely in order here.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006

...exceedingly silly and surprisingly tedious...

Full Review… | January 14, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Machine

Its a great movie, 1993 time frame so the computers are somewhat of a joke, but who am I to talk I once paid $249.99 for a Commodore 1541 Disk Drive. I wouldn't show it to Young Children (Under 17) because of the cussing near the end of the movie, that?s just me. If you allow your children to hear cussing, then its on you. A somewhat entertaining movie for adults.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A murderer is zapped into a computer and starts killing using household appliances. This lame sci-fi spin on the serial killer movie is as bad as it sounds (the last I heard, tin openers weren't online...) Maximum Overdrive had a similar concept, but at least that had a sense of humour, and more importantly, AC/DC.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Impressively inane techno-thriller.

William Goss

Super Reviewer

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