What You Need To Know:
(OO, LLL, VVV, S, NN, PC) Technological spiritism; 32 obscenities & 13 profanities, numerous vulgarities; stalking & multiple gruesome murders; sexual innuendo & young boy accesses computer sex-talk network; computer animated nude female & young girl partially opens her shirt; and, disparaging, politically correct dialogue referring to Nixon-era protests & the L.A. riots.
A serial killer, injured in a car crash, enters a hospital emergency room during a violent electrical storm only to have his “consciousness” mystically and unexplainably transported into the computer mainframe network just at the moment of his death. Sound ridiculous? That is, in fact, the essence of the unsuspenseful, grotesque, non-thrilling horror thriller GHOST IN THE MACHINE. Karen Allen plays Terry Monroe, a frustrated career woman and single mother who, along with her computer-wise son Josh (Wil Horneff), is systematically stalked by this computer-encased killer. His immense mainframe power notwithstanding, our protagonists somehow find the ingenuity to “waste” this psychotic menace using a hackers virus and a really big magnet. We can only assume everyone lives happily ever after… and pray there is no sequel.
The occultic storyline is simply high-tech horror with a Big Brother perspective. The acting is mediocre and, aside from a few interesting special effects, there is nothing of any value in GHOST IN THE MACHINE. The film is B-grade slasher-trash, neither frightening nor suspenseful and definitely not worth the price of admission–even if it were free. However, what can one expect from the director of FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE. This GHOST should have stayed in the machine and off the screen