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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.
"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".Read more ›
Instead the attention seemed to be on constantly flirting with, impressing (and frisking) the attractive Australian blonde gamer played by Rachael Taylor for most of the movie. Interesting, I too went to school with a blonde-haired Rachael from Australia who resembles this girl a little bit. Acting was okay, but the plot was bad and underutilized. More should've been done to improve on it I think. Too much talking, gaming and fooling around taking place and not enough of the ghostly woman. That's a problem. The biggest problem in fact, and the reason I think you'd be better off avoiding this one. Yup, appropriate for the SyFy network indeed. Perhaps this is a SyFy specialty on that network.
The tale centers around two young military scientists, Tom and Vic (Sean Faris, Luke Ford), two of their tech-head gaming friends, Iain and Benny(Sam Corry, Jonathan Harden), and a special forces soldier (Rachael Taylor), who battle it out with a vengeful spirit in a virtual gaming world.
Faris ("Never Back Down"---never heard of it) and Ford ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), smuggle a top secret virtual combat simulator off base and take it to a supposedly haunted old prison. Once the games begin, something evil infiltrates their virtual world and makes pain and death a very real consequence of the game.
Back on the base, Jess (Rachael Taylor of "Transformers") is harassed and threatened by her commanding officer (Richard Dormer). Not feeling very safe at the base, she heads out to find Tom and Vic and finds herself in the thick of things with the group as they battle an evil and elusive former inmate at the prison (Hatla Williams).
Jess' commanding officer is thrown into the fray a bit later to give a twist to the film, but overall this is a badly acted, poorly directed snoozer.
So why three stars? I have to admit that when I first read the description of the film, I wanted to write it off as a gamer's wet dream and, not being of the hardcore "gaming" variety, figured this film would be bad. I was correct, but "Ghost Machine" wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be. Something about the film held my interest.Read more ›
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Other reviewers have already spoken about the poor acting, dialog, sound, etc.
After a slow beginning the movie launched into the "horror" sequence. Read more