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A group of young U.S. military techs borrow a top-secret combat simulator for a weekend of unauthorized gaming. But when they set up the system inside an abandoned prison used for the torture of post-9/11 prisoners, they discover that someone – or something – has uploaded itself into their A.I. software. A deadly new player has now joined the game: How do you survive the final level of lock-and-load virtual reality when escape is impossible, slaughter is uncontrollable and the enemy is unstoppable? The ultimate battle begins inside the GHOST MACHINE.

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In the cyber-supernatural B-movie Ghost Machine, a military training game that fully immerses soldiers in a virtual reality becomes infested by a malignant spirit--the ghost of a woman who was tortured to death as part of the War on Terror. When a technician named Tom (Sean Faris, Never Back Down) uses sensors to translate a real decommissioned prison into a virtual combat zone, the border between the concrete and the cyber grows fuzzy, turning game death into actual death. It's up to Tom and soldiers Jess (Rachael Taylor, Transformers) and Vic (Luke Ford, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) to capture this vengeful wraith. Like many B-movies, Ghost Machine is strong on ideas, even if the execution of them lags. The overlap of concrete and virtual realities makes the notion of a haunted video game significantly more compelling. The implicit commentary on the use of torture resonates, even if it isn't carried very far. The dialogue is functional but bland and the men are all fairly nondescript, but Rachael Taylor demonstrates some definite charisma. The movie makes good use of a creepy and decrepit Irish prison, and the special effects, though cheap, are often evocative. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Luke Ford, Rachael Taylor, Sean Faris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QVFONE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ravenskya VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
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This is the first DVD that Amazon Vine has ever offered me... and I was thrilled that it was horror. I should have known by the fact that I've never heard of it, that it was a B movie at best. Now I love my B movies... but usually they have a high cheese factor that I enjoy.

Short Summary - Some geeky army computer dudes have a sort of simulator that they decide to take to a haunted jail on their day off to play sim-army. But a ghostie gets in the machine and seeks revenge.

Poor Acting, poor dialog, bad makeup and editing, are all forgivable in your standard B movie... but what is NOT forgivable is the dullness of the whole film. Sure the costumes looked like they came from the Halloween emporium and the guns were amusing at best, the textures were wrong and the men had on more makeup then the women... all of that is tolerable as well in a B movie... but what makes this movie sink as a B film (because it's certainly not an A list) is the fact that it is to drawn out in the wrong parts... namely the boring parts last too long and the exciting parts are too sparse.

Script - C
Plot - B
Acting - C
Directing - F
Fun Factor - C
Pacing - F

If you catch it on the SyFy Channel you might as well watch it but don't expect much from it. I wouldn't pay to see this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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A military special ops team (the DVD cover says U.S., but that's not the impression I got) that trains with a high-tech virtual reality program and corresponding equipment decides to have a fun gaming weekend with the gear in an old, empty prison. As it turns out though, the prison holds the ghost of a female terrorist who was tortured to death, and she is determined to kill anyone she encounters. Being a ghost, she is helpless to do so, until the virtual reality machine gives her the power. Like Freddy Krueger, she is able to harm the soldiers in their dreamlike state, and ulterior motives of the game developer only make matters worse as the team fights for its lives and tries figure out how to get back to the real world.

"Ghost Machine", a 2009 sci-fi/horror flick directed by Chris Hartwill, is a pretty decent film for its kind. It's better than what you would normally see on Sci-Fi channel, but not big screen quality. The effects are good enough, the story is interesting, the characters and acting is all fair. It's nothing exceptional these days, but it keeps you interested if it's the type of story you like. I'm not big on military stuff, but this was more about virtual reality getting out of control. Their aren't many characters and they are different enough not to get confused, which is good in a horror film focusing on soldiers. The tech-guy who created the game (played by Sean Faris), incidentally, comes off totally as a Tom Cruise character, in my opinion, looking and acting more and more like him as the film progressed (the character is even named Tom!). It seems a conscious choice by the filmmakers, but who knows. It's kinda funny though. I didn't find the ghost all that horrifying/ghostly, but I guess I'd use the word "acceptable".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Krepak on December 20, 2009
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Science fiction with some horror combined neither of which are done very well. Not awful but not something I would watch again. There is a lot of action. It isn't scary. CGI effects were poor. I thought by the description it sounded pretty good but it just goes to show you you can't judge a book by it's cover (or description).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on January 9, 2010
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Darn them silly Virtual Reality people. Don't they understand that virtual baddies always find their way into your sims? Or that an Evil Artificial Intelligence will always trump the goofy stoner geeks or super soldiers in the simulation? Didn't anyone watch eXistenZ, Stay Alive or even Gamer? If not, here's "Ghost Machine," another variation on the "You die in the game, you die for real" genre.

This time, it's an international mix of British/Irish and Americans who are looking for new computerized thrills. Sean Farris is Tom, the snarky yank who is on overseas loan to develop the most realistic war game possible, Luke Ford is Vic, the geeky gamer who has the hots for Rachel Taylor, one of the soldiers involved in the war simulator experiment. However realistic the simulator may be, Tom and his buddies want it to be even wilder. So why not take the high-tech sim-creation mapping devices into a spooky old prison? And why stop there? Let's sneak in that this creepy lock-up was secretly used after 9/11 for rendition, and that a notorious female prisoner was killed here while undergoing torture?

Oh, and that angry tortured-to-death hottie? She is really mad. Like "I will take over this game and wreak vengeance on the world" P-O'd. As soon as she realizes that there's some fresh meat in town and she can hack into the system, she's good to go.
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