Ghost in the Machine

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  • R
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 4.6  (4,127)
  • 34

Ghost in the Machine is a 1993 horror film directed by Rachel Talalay, starring Karen Allen, Chris Mulkey, and Ted Marcoux. The concept of the movie revolves around a serial killer who, after being hit by a car, transfers his consciousness into an electrical grid and begins to harass his intended victims via their household devices.

The film begins with a man named Karl Hochman (Marcoux), an unassuming bureaucrat, who sideswipes a car driven by Terry Munroe (Allen), mother to Bram (Brandon Adams). Terry is a single mother raising her son on her own. Karl is unrepentant and even after he injures her car, refuses to do the right thing and share his insurance information. Terry is clearly frustrated, and has to come up with a way to teach Karl a lesson.

Meanwhile, a man obsessed with Terry named Bram (Mulkey) gets an idea after visiting a tech store. He is the creator of a machine he calls "The Addresser," which can send electronic signals to any electronic device in range of the device. Bram uses this technology to infiltrate Karl's home and use his electronic devices to harm him, before eventually murdering him in cold blood. However, before dying, Karl utters a curse promising to get revenge.

It is at this point that the movie starts to get creepy, with Karl's spirit transferring into the electrical grid of the city, becoming a malevolent force that can control any networked device, and beginning its reign of terror on Terry and Bram. Terry and her son both become Karl's next target. The horror culminates in a series of fatal accidents that occur around Bram's home, which is filled with the latest tech.

Terry and her son are at the center of the entire horror film, and it is heartbreaking to watch Terry struggle to maintain her sanity and fight against an invisible enemy intent on destroying them. She becomes convinced that Bram is the source of the malevolence, but the real enemy is something far more sinister. She must do everything she can to protect her son and herself from this new, dangerous force.

The movie is a mix of horror, suspense, and action. It has a few moments of genuine fright, using the fear of technology, which feels apt considering our dependency on it today. Ghost in the Machine is not just a mindless B-movie or a typical slasher flick. It's a movie with a clear message to the viewer: Consider the risks we face as we move into an increasingly technology-driven world.

With its fun storyline, solid performances from a talented cast, and well-executed suspense scenes, Ghost in the Machine is a solid example of early 90s style horror. The horror genre is not always taken seriously, but Ghost in the Machine presents an interesting idea that makes this film stand out from the crowd. The film successfully manages to take an unremarkable urban setting and turns it into a cauldron of terror.

In conclusion, Ghost in the Machine is a well-made, suspenseful horror movie that frightens and captivates its audience with a combination of scares, creepy atmosphere, and exciting action. It also touches on important themes like the dangers of technology and the ever-evolving technology landscape that we're confronted with today. The combination of these elements makes this movie a must-see for fans of horror and sci-fi.

Ghost in the Machine is a 1993 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6 and a MetaScore of 34.

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    1 hr 35 min
  • IMDB Rating
    4.6  (4,127)
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