He?s known as "The Address-Book Killer," a murderer who steals strangers? personal information then targets them for his grisly sprees. But when a freak electrical surge zaps his dying body into a computer mainframe, he?s ... more »unleashed online to slaughter the friends and family of Terry Monroe (Karen Allen of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and STARMAN). Now, no place or appliance is safe. Every impulse brings the carnage closer. How do you survive ? and ultimately destroy ? a madman who can massacre from anywhere? Chris Mulkey (RADIO) and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) co-star in this shocker directed by Rachel Talalay (FREDDY?S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE) that features a soundtrack of wicked old-school Hip-Hop from Schoolly D, Too Short, Kool Moe Dee, Steady B, D-Nice and more.« less
"This was an entertaining sci-fi thriller about a serial killer's soul that inhabits the electrical world. He continues his psychopathic work by turning computers and household appliances into deadly weapons with a mind of their own. The microwave scene was disturbing. As well as the garbage disposal and dishwaher scenes. It reminded me of the 1988 shocker "Pulse" as it is somewhat related with possessed appliances. Lots of action and suspense. If you're into sci-fi and horror you should definatly see this one."
Actually, pretty decent.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all I just wanna say I'm a horror movie fanatic! I have been watching them since I was two and have probably seen a million of them. When I went to the video store to rent this I wasn't expecting much, but I was wrong! This movie is loaded with suspense! It starts off with Terry Munroe (Karen Allen) and her son Josh going to a computer store to buy a new software disk were you can scan your address book on to a computer to make it look neater. But Terry leaves her address book there and a serial address book killer works there! The killer gets in a car wreck and has to have a catscan when a storm knocks out the power and the killers soul goes online. He finds the address book on the stores files and starts killing her friends in order out of the address book in high tech. ways. With electric pool covers going over people, turning on the garbage disposal etc. It sounds lame I know, but you have to rent it to see what I mean. Trust me, from a horror expert this movie will give you sleepless nights! e-amil me your thoughts."
Ignore the bad reviews
Michael Butts | 09/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't care what anybody else thinks of this movie of course its not scary but its still pretty good to watch. Karen Allen stars as Terry Munroe who's a single Mother raising a her son Josh who can be sometimes a Troublemaker. One day they decide to go to this computer store and they find this Address product that can scan your address and other people's adresses into it and so they buy it. Only the problem is they leave it and a guy named The Serial Address Book killer works there and steals it and unfortunetly he gets in a car wreck while on his way to do more killing. So he gets pulled out of the wreck, while being catscaned in the hospital lighting strikes and knocks off the power and somehow his soul gets into the catscan and into the entire computer systems and he's online. Soon enough he finds the address book store files and starts killing her friends in the order they appear in the book. I know the plot is out of it and predictable but it shouldn't be that bad and its got some pretty good effects back in 93' and some decent acting (especially by Karen Allen). My actual rating is about 3 1/2 stars but what the heck. Rent it before you buy it just in case you don't like it."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 07/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The concept of a serial killer's soul living inside a computer is a frightening and interesting theme. However, director Rachel Talalay doesn't infuse this movie with enough tension and surprises. Karen Allen stars as a single mother who makes the mistake of leaving her address book at the store where the serial killer works. He is planning to return it to her, and kill her of course, but he is in a horrible accident, placed in an MRI, a storm comes, and kaboom somehow his soul remains alive in the computer and he accesses Allen's address book and starts killing them off. Allen, a competent actress, does okay with her role, but it's not developed enough to place a lot of concern for her well being. Chris Mulkey (Hidden) stars as computer hack Bram Walker, whose career got halted when he hacked into the IRS and gave all the residents of each state .05 extra on their return. Mulkey has a brooding handsomeness, and a good screen presence, but isn't given a lot to do. Wil Horneff as Allen's teenage son has just reached puberty and he and his friend pay their sexy babysitter 37 dollars to unbutton her blouse. Of course, by the end of the film, Horneff is placed in jeopardy and the serial killer threatens our heroes lives in the college computer room. Ted Marcoux as the serial killer isn't given enough screen time to truly intimidate the audience, but his brief time is effective. GHOST IN THE MACHINE is a 1993 film, and the special effects for that time period are fairly inventive. This is certainly not a rotten tomato, but it might have been better with more assured pacing and direction."
An old favorite
Vlad Yvhv | Kansas | 09/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While it may be a bit dated, technologically and graphically, the movie is still worth checking out. Back in the day, this was one of the movies to see. To date, I still like to catch it on one of the movie channels or another channel's movie marathons or showcases... The story begs for a remake, but the movie itself is still good, if you don't get hung up on out-dated graphics and whatnot."