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A young man named Cody plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural, inventing a machine he intends to be a conduit to the other side. In his pursuit to build the device he befriends an affable electrical engineer named Tom who has his own tale of love and loss. Cody eventually reaches an unintended level of success that not only threatens his safety, but also the well-being of his younger brother James and his new friend Tom. He quickly learns that the supernatural isn t all that super and human nature can even be worse.

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  • Actors: Sasha Andreev, Emily Fradenburgh
  • Directors: Matt Osterman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W5MHIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Here's Johnny! on August 5, 2011
Format: DVD
I recently watched this film and found it to be very interesting. While it certainly contains a few moments that will make you jump, it's not a straight-up horror or supernatural thriller -- it's a complex supernatural drama that explores, through science, the pain of death and the joy of living, and the inverse of those emotions. I give the filmmaker, Matt Osterman, a lot of credit for attempting a fresh take on the ghost story. He obviously put some passion and intelligence into this project, and it shows. Keep in mind, it's definitely a low-budget movie, so expect some of the pitfalls that come with that territory (like the acting). Overall, an impressive debut for Osterman.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Mroch on August 17, 2011
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The *only* reason I did not give it 5 stars was it dragged a smidge in the beginning. I thought there was a little too much setup/background and it got a little too technical in the tinkering and workings of the machine. Also, I at first saw the actors as acting and not as the characters they played.

HOWEVER, then the movie picked up and went in a surprising and exciting direction. I also started relating to the characters and developing feelings for them. It turned out to be a really clever, poignant, heartfelt story. At the end, I even cried over the fate of the brothers. Ghost from the Machine is one of those that has haunted me ever since I watched it. (Keep thinking back to it.) It's WAY more than just a scary ghost story. It has a lot of soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lawrence chan on February 19, 2015
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This is a really sad and poignant film full of truth; it's a splendid portrait of the frailty and foibles of the human condition.

The "horror" aspect is merely the backdrop, a convenient vehicle, a canvas.

It has it's moments of fright and trepidation and they're very well done; very intelligently done.

If you're looking for a cheap n easy moronic slasher film, look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Drapala on April 25, 2014
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I liked this movie because it addressed how Thomas Edison wanted so badly to create a machine so that he could talk to the dead. In this movie, the work benches and electronics look real as my husband works with electronics. The brothers seem to have a real bond with each other, and it was evident throughout the film. When the husband saw his wife, I was surprised with his actions because he took it so well that his wife had returned. That relationship brought tears to my eyes; I never react that way with any fictional story. If you, like me, were doing another task besides watching the film, then this is for you. Seeing science fiction is my favorite, and even though I didn't give it five stars, it was worth the watch because it bought up subjects that are rarely spoke of, like communicating with the dead, which I am told is taboo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misterspiffy on September 22, 2014
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This movie is not what I would really call horror, but it's still worth watching. I suppose the subject matter being what it is puts it in the horror category, namely the director's interpretation of the afterlife. There aren't a ton of characters as this is clearly a very small budget film, but I found the actors quite convincing. I'd have to say, however, that this film is probably hit or miss with the viewer. I think it depends on one's mood at the time of viewing. My life being where it is made me quite receptive to the subject matter I found certain moments in the film to be rather moving. There are some who might thing I'm crazy for that but such is life. It's a short film so I suggest giving it a go. I think you may be strangely pleased with the outcome.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 5, 2014
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Ghost from the Machine (Matt Osterman, 2010)

Last Tuesday (which as I write this was December 10) was one of those rare days when I didn't put a single foot wrong with my movie watching; everything that came off my Netflix queue ended up being pure gold. Of the bunch, my favorite was Ghost from the Machine, a low-budget thriller bursting with intelligence. It crossed my mind more than once that this is the movie Primer wanted to be and, in my estimation, never managed to become. So, needless to say, Universal is remaking it, rather than using the rights to push a film that deserves far, far wider recognition than it has so far gotten. Why do I get the distinct impression the remake, if it ever surfaces, will be dumbed down to the point where it'll be unrecognizable?

Plot: Cody (See Jane Run's Sasha Andreev)'s parents died in a car accident, and since then, he has had two obsessions: taking care of his younger brother James (Aberration's Max Hauser) and building a machine that will allow him to communicate with his parents in the afterlife. Of course, doing such things requires parts, parts, and more parts, and a certain combination of same brings him to the attention of Tom (Factotum's Matthew Feeney), who builds pieces on the side that Cody has bought through the store Tom sells them to. Cody's machine, with all the bugs worked out of it, starts doing what it was made to do—with results that neither Cody nor Tom could have predicted.
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