Ghost in the Machine (film)
|Ghost in the Machine|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rachel Talalay|
|Produced by||Paul Schiff|
|Written by||William Davies
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Edited by||Janice Hampton
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||95 minutes|
A serial killer, named Karl Hochman (Ted Marcoux), is known as "The Address Book Killer" due to his habit of stealing address books and choosing his victims from them. While he is working at a computer store, he obtains Terry Munroe's (Karen Allen) address book after another employee, who is demonstrating a scanner, copies a page of her address book into the computer. While heading home that evening, Karl is nearly killed by a collision with a truck.
After he is put into an MRI machine in the emergency room, a surge from an electrical storm manages to transfer his own mind into a computer. Now as a network-based entity, Karl continues to plot his killing spree using the electrical grid, various appliances, and computer networks.
Karl opens the scanned page from Terry's address book and begins killing the names that are on her list. Her co-worker, Frank Mallory (Richard McKenzie), becomes the first victim when he dies in an electrical fire. Another friend, Elliot Kastner (Jack Laufer), gets burned to death when a hand dryer turns into a flamethrower. Terry hires a babysitter, Carol Maibaum (Shevonne Durkin), to look after her son Josh (Wil Horneff). However, Carol becomes the third victim when she gets caught between an exploding TV set and a dishwasher in the kitchen.
When the police don't believe the theory that Karl is on a killing spree after his death, Josh realizes the order of the killings is related to a list of contacts from Terry's address book that had been scanned into a computer at the computer store. Terry, along with computer hacker Bram Walker (Chris Mulkey), unplugs everything electrical in her house.
The police receive anonymous reports of an armed robbery, hostage situation, domestic violence, and a murder in progress, all at Terry's house. The police open fire on the home after mistaking an exploding generator for gunfire. When they realize their mistake, they cease fire. Terry's mother was shot during the siege and she goes to the hospital. Aided by Bram, Terry and Josh manage to defeat Karl by introducing a computer virus that traps him in a physics laboratory. They activate an atom smasher located in the lab, which draws Karl in and destroys him.
The film ends with Bram telling Terry to turn off a heart rate monitor in an ambulance.
- Karen Allen as Terry Munroe
- Chris Mulkey as Bram Walker
- Ted Marcoux as Karl Hochman
- Wil Horneff as Josh Munroe
- Jessica Walter as Elaine Spencer
- Brandon Adams as Frazer
- Rick Ducommun as Phil Stewart
- Jack Laufer as Elliott Miller
- Shevonne Durkin as Carol Maibaum
- Richard McKenzie as Frank Mallory
- Nancy Fish as Karl's Landlord
- Richard Schiff as Scanner Technician
Ghost in the Machine was not generally well received by most critics; on Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 13% "Rotten" rating based on 8 reviews. On its opening weekend, the film grossed $1,854,431 and ranked at #10, the only opening that weekend that made it into the top 10. By the end of its run, it had grossed a domestic total of $5,086,909. The film is considered a box office bomb since the budget was $12 million.
- Ghost in the Machine at the Internet Movie Database
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- Ghost in the Machine at Rotten Tomatoes