Ghost in the Machine (1993)

R | 95 mins | Horror | 29 December 1993

Producer:

Paul Schiff

Cinematographer:

Phil Meheux

Production Designer:

James Spencer

Production Company:

Twentieth Century Fox
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HISTORY

       A 15 Jun 1992 Var article listed Ghost in the Machine as part of producer Paul Schiff’s exclusive two-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox, which also included My Cousin Vinny (1992, see entry) and The Vanishing (1993, see entry). Casting was scheduled to begin mid-Aug 1992. The 2 Oct 1992 Screen International reported that Denis Leary was signed to co-star, but he does not appear in the final film.
       After several rescheduled start dates, the 8 Dec 1992 HR stated that principal photography began 30 Nov 1992. Var estimated a fifty-day shooting schedule and $10-$12 million budget.
       Property master John Bankson wrote a letter which appeared in the 26 Feb 1993 issue of BAM, crediting Bill Holdship for loaning the wrist protectors worn by Richard McKenzie’s character, “Frank Mallory.”
       On 17 Dec 1993, HR announced that Fox moved the early Jan 1994 release to 29 Dec 1993, due to an opening in the industry’s late winter schedule. Although the 30 Dec 1993 NYT review noted that the film opened without advance press screenings, critic James Caryn called it “a competent, witty genre piece that never tries to be anything more.”

      The surname of Foley recordist Ann Hadsell is misspelled onscreen as "Hadsel." End credits state: "Footage from 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.," and, "Footage from 'In Living Color' courtesy of Twentieth ... More Less

       A 15 Jun 1992 Var article listed Ghost in the Machine as part of producer Paul Schiff’s exclusive two-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox, which also included My Cousin Vinny (1992, see entry) and The Vanishing (1993, see entry). Casting was scheduled to begin mid-Aug 1992. The 2 Oct 1992 Screen International reported that Denis Leary was signed to co-star, but he does not appear in the final film.
       After several rescheduled start dates, the 8 Dec 1992 HR stated that principal photography began 30 Nov 1992. Var estimated a fifty-day shooting schedule and $10-$12 million budget.
       Property master John Bankson wrote a letter which appeared in the 26 Feb 1993 issue of BAM, crediting Bill Holdship for loaning the wrist protectors worn by Richard McKenzie’s character, “Frank Mallory.”
       On 17 Dec 1993, HR announced that Fox moved the early Jan 1994 release to 29 Dec 1993, due to an opening in the industry’s late winter schedule. Although the 30 Dec 1993 NYT review noted that the film opened without advance press screenings, critic James Caryn called it “a competent, witty genre piece that never tries to be anything more.”

      The surname of Foley recordist Ann Hadsell is misspelled onscreen as "Hadsel." End credits state: "Footage from 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.," and, "Footage from 'In Living Color' courtesy of Twentieth Television."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BAM
26 Feb 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Dec 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 1993
p. 6, 12.
Los Angeles Times
31 Dec 1993
p. 29.
New York Times
30 Dec 1993
Section C, p. 11.
Screen International
2 Oct 1992.
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Variety
15 Jun 1992.
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Variety
3 Jan 1994
p. 54.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Paul Schiff Production
A Rachel Talalay Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Addl dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Line prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Asst Steadicam op
Gaffer
Best boy
Fox best boy
Elec/Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
Fox best boy
Dolly grip
Key rigging grip
Elec
Still photog
Underwater photog
Asst underwater photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Best boy, 2d unit
Best boy, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip, 2d unit
Addl photog, 2d unit
Cranes and dollies by
Remote crane supplied by
Cam systems by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Storyboard artist
Illustrator
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Leadman
Prop master
Asst props
Const coord
Const foreman
Propmaker foreman
Propmaker foreman
Labor foreman
Paint foreman
Paint foreman
Standby painter
On-set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Propmaker gang boss
Propmaker gang boss
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Cost supv
On-set costumer
MUSIC
Rec eng
Synthesizer programming
Source mus supv by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Post prod sd and sd ed provided by
Supv sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd eff supv
Eff ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR mixer
ADR rec
ADR group coord
Foley ed
Asst ADR/Sd ed
Addl sd FX processing and rec
Foley mixer
Foley rec
Foley walker
Foley walker
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec visual eff prod by
Spec visual eff prod by, VIFX
Spec visual eff prod by, VIFX
Spec visual eff prod by, VIFX
Visual eff supv, VIFX
Visual eff prod, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Digital eff crew, VIFX
Eff cam, VIFX
Eff cam, VIFX
Video coord, VIFX
Playback op, VIFX
Playback op, VIFX
Ed asst, VIFX
Ed asst, VIFX
Computer display screen anim by
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Computer display screen anim by, Cimity Art
Opticals by
Opticals by
Substation matte painting by
Visual eff supv, Matte World
Visual eff supv, Matte World
Matte artist, Matte World
Matte artist, Matte World
Spec eff consultant, Matte World
Spec eff coord, Matte World
Spec eff foreman, Matte World
Spec eff, Matte World
Spec eff, Matte World
Spec eff, Matte World
Title des by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Makeup eff and animatronics
Spec eff makeup by
Spec eff makeup by, Alterian Studios
Spec eff makeup by, Alterian Studios
Spec eff makeup by, Alterian Studios
Spec eff makeup by, Alterian Studios
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Mr. Schiff
Asst to Mr. Sabath
Asst to Ms. Talalay
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Casting asst
Extras casting
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Dog wrangler
Craft service
Craft service
Caterer
Caterer
Loc security
Scr supv, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord, 2d unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Don't Call Me Nigger," performed by Schoolly D, written by Jesse Bond Weaver, Jr., courtesy of Jive Records
"In My Nature," performed by Nuttin' Nyce, written by LaTeece Wallace, DJ Joint, Al Greenwood and David Greenberg, courtesy of Pocketown/Jive Records
"I Like The Girls," performed by Mr. Lee, written by L. Haggard, Jr., R. Smith, W. Williams, courtesy of Jive Records
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SONGS
"Don't Call Me Nigger," performed by Schoolly D, written by Jesse Bond Weaver, Jr., courtesy of Jive Records
"In My Nature," performed by Nuttin' Nyce, written by LaTeece Wallace, DJ Joint, Al Greenwood and David Greenberg, courtesy of Pocketown/Jive Records
"I Like The Girls," performed by Mr. Lee, written by L. Haggard, Jr., R. Smith, W. Williams, courtesy of Jive Records
"Girls Gonna Getcha," performed by Steady B, written by Warren McGlone and Lawrence Goodman/L.A. Ried and Babyface, courtesy of Jive Records
"Under Some Budda," performed by D-Nice, written by Derrick Jones, courtesy of Jive Records
"Concerto In C Major For Flute And Harp," written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, courtesy of Firstcom/Music House/Chappel/Production Music Library
"Check Yourself," performed by D-Nice and Too Short, written by Derrick Jones and Todd Shaw, courtesy of Jive Records
"Electric Slide (Shall We Dance)," performed by Grandmaster Slice (Additional vocals Cheryl Clark and Juliet Walker), written by Grandmaster Slice and D.J. Adam T., courtesy of Jive Records
"Slinky Cool," written by Gary Fletcher, Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuiness and Bob Townsend, courtesy of Firstcom/Music House/Chappel Production Music Library
"Stop 'Cos You're Breaking My Heart," written by Mark Sandell and Neal Watson, courtesy of Firstcom/Music House/Chappel Production Music Library
"To The Beat Y'all," performed by Kool Moe Dee, written by Moe Dewese and Teddy Riley, courtesy of Jive Records, "Mind Power" as sampled into "To The Beat Y'all," written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbit
"Living With A Stranger," performed by Millie Jackson, written by Pjaye Scott and Douglas Knyght, courtesy of Jive Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 December 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 December 1993
Production Date:
began 30 November 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
29 December 1993
Copyright Number:
PA659832
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32376
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In suburban Cleveland, Ohio, single mother Theresa “Terry” Monroe struggles to connect with her son, Josh, who has become increasingly distant since the departure of his father. One day, Terry visits a computer store to buy an organizational software program for her boss, Frank Mallory, and a salesman demonstrates the product by scanning a page from Terry’s personal address book. Terry accidentally leaves the address book behind, and it falls into the hands of store employee Karl Hochman, a serial murderer known as “The Address Book Killer.” On his way home, a rainstorm causes Karl to veer off the road and tumble his car into a cemetery. While doctors perform a brain scan in an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine, the electricity shorts out. Although Karl is declared dead from the malfunction, his consciousness is written into the mainframe computer. Now armed with the power to move between internet networks and electrical power grids, Karl obtains access to Terry’s personal records and empties her bank account. When Terry returns to the computer store for her address book, she discovers that the serial killer used to work there, but breathes a sigh of relief, believing she is no longer in danger. That evening, DataNet computer technician Bram Walker notices someone has been “mining” for Terry’s information and stops by her house to warn her. Meanwhile, Karl begins going through the scanned page of Terry’s contact list and sparks an electrical fire that kills her boss. He then frightens Josh by hacking into a virtual reality arcade game and throwing Josh’s avatar over a cliff. Afterward, the boy returns home to find that the family dog became trapped under the tarpaulin ... +


In suburban Cleveland, Ohio, single mother Theresa “Terry” Monroe struggles to connect with her son, Josh, who has become increasingly distant since the departure of his father. One day, Terry visits a computer store to buy an organizational software program for her boss, Frank Mallory, and a salesman demonstrates the product by scanning a page from Terry’s personal address book. Terry accidentally leaves the address book behind, and it falls into the hands of store employee Karl Hochman, a serial murderer known as “The Address Book Killer.” On his way home, a rainstorm causes Karl to veer off the road and tumble his car into a cemetery. While doctors perform a brain scan in an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine, the electricity shorts out. Although Karl is declared dead from the malfunction, his consciousness is written into the mainframe computer. Now armed with the power to move between internet networks and electrical power grids, Karl obtains access to Terry’s personal records and empties her bank account. When Terry returns to the computer store for her address book, she discovers that the serial killer used to work there, but breathes a sigh of relief, believing she is no longer in danger. That evening, DataNet computer technician Bram Walker notices someone has been “mining” for Terry’s information and stops by her house to warn her. Meanwhile, Karl begins going through the scanned page of Terry’s contact list and sparks an electrical fire that kills her boss. He then frightens Josh by hacking into a virtual reality arcade game and throwing Josh’s avatar over a cliff. Afterward, the boy returns home to find that the family dog became trapped under the tarpaulin covering of the swimming pool. While he investigates, the motorized tarp automatically begins to close again, but Josh swims to safety and narrowly avoids drowning. Desperate for answers, Terry visits Bram, who assures her that it is impossible for a hacker to murder someone with a computer. However, Karl continues his rampage and nearly succeeds in killing Terry’s suitor, Elliott Miller, during his shift as an automobile crash test supervisor. One afternoon, Terry answers a telemarketing call and hears Karl’s voice, threatening her. While conferring with Bram, she takes Josh to stay at his friend’s house with his usual babysitter, Carol Maibaum. When Karl programs the automatic dishwasher to overflow, the water reaches an extension cord, electrocuting Carol. Although police dismiss the incident as a household accident, Josh notices that the killer is moving through the “M” page of his mother’s address book that was scanned into the store computer. When Terry’s car phone rings, Bram attempts to trace the location of the caller, but Karl threatens him. Karl then rigs the police dispatch system to send all available patrolmen to the Monroe household, claiming a violent dispute has occurred within. Once police arrive at the scene, officers mistake an overloaded electrical generator for gunfire and shoot at the property, wounding Terry’s mother in the process. Bram returns from DataNet headquarters and reveals his theory that Karl’s soul has been transferred to the DataNet computer system. Remembering that refrigerator magnets can erase data on computer discs, Terry and Bram devise a plan to lure Karl to the Ohio Technical College’s particle accelerator, which will obliterate his presence in the grid. Once there, Bram intensifies the machine’s magnetic field, but Karl’s particles surge out of the system and re-form as a humanoid figure standing in the room with them. He disables the machine’s power switch and chases Terry through the facility, intent on choking her to death. While restoring power, Bram runs a set of tongs along the metal grating under Karl’s feet, causing his particles to disperse throughout the laboratory. Receiving a mild shock, Bram falls unconscious and lands on top of the particle accelerator just as the magnetism increases again. Karl reappears and terrorizes Terry and Josh, but Bram revives and turns on the particle accelerator, sucking Karl inside and destroying him once and for all. While being treated in an ambulance, Bram becomes annoyed by the beeping of the electrocardiogram machine and asks Terry to turn it off. +

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