Karl (Ted Marcoux) is a serial killer who works in an electronics store and who steals address books and uses them to pick his victims. His latest stolen address book belongs to Terry (Karen Allen). Before Karl can start killing Terry’s family and friends, he is killed in a car accident. Because there is a lightning storm going on at the same time, the dead Karl is able to transfer his evil soul into the electrical grid. Traveling from appliance to appliance, Karl starts to kill all of Terry’s friends and co-workers. A microwave oven. A hand dryer. A dishwasher. If it is electrical, Karl can use it to kill. Fortunately, Terry knows a legendary hacker (Chris Mulkey) who can help her fight back.
Like Prison, Destroyer, and The Horror Show, Ghost in the Machine is another dumb movie about a psycho who gets his soul transformed into electricity. Ghost In The Machine was also obviously influenced by The Lawnmower Man and the entire movie is full of early 90s paranoia about the internet and computers in general. Rachel Talaly, who got her start with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and who has recently directed some of the best received episodes of Doctor Who, does a good job with the deaths but cannot do anything with the lousy script and unlikable characters. Nearly everyone who dies is killed because they know Terry but that never seems to bother her.
I think every 90s kid, or at least every 90s male, watched Ghost In The Machine on HBO and had a crush on Shevonne Durkin.