PHASMA EX MACHINA (2010) | Ghost from the Machine
This was the official website for the release of the 2010 sci-fi horror film Phasma Ex Machina, also called Ghost from the Machine. Phasma Ex Machina is a testament to what can be accomplished with a great idea, smart production priorities, and talented individuals all working toward one common goal.
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Pronounced Phasma Eks Mah-kuh-nuh, it's latin for "Ghost from the Machine."
What would you do to bring someone back? How far would you go? Phasma Ex Machina explores the grey area between life and death and how science may be the bridge between the two. A young man named Cody, tasked with raising his younger brother James after the death of their parents, plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural. Ignoring his responsibilities as a caretaker, Cody invents 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 James and Tom. He quickly learns that the supernatural isn’t all that super and human nature can even be worse.
Devastated by the loss of his parents Cody, who must now look after his neglected younger brother, is determined to bring them back. So he creates an electro-magnetic field in order to bridge the dimensions between the living and the dead enlisting the help of a neighbour still grieving for his own dead wife. Superb acting is equal to the brilliant screenplay from first time writer-director Osterman. This chilling and smartly conceived neighbourhood thriller sustains a spellbinding atmosphere around its unique concept and through each mounting suspenseful development begs some interesting moral questions such as how do you control who comes back? How long will they stay? Expect Phasma Ex Machina to become a hit with fans of horror and sci-fi.
Five Most Frequently Asked Questions About Phasma Ex Machina
What does “Phasma Ex Machina” mean and why use something so weird?
a. It’s Latin and is loosely translated as “Ghost from the Machine”
b. The film deals with technology and Latin is the language of science
c. It’s a play off of the term “Deux Ex Machina”, however it’s not so much a plot device as it is a character motivation and a slight nod to Aristotle
d. Some people don’t like it. That’s a good thing.
e. It beats the hell out of “Finding Apparitions” or some other nonsense, right?
How long did it take to write, shoot, and edit the whole thing?
a. One year to write the first draft (nights and weekends)
b. One year of re-writes, fundraising, and preproduction
c. 17 days of on-set production
d. 5 months of editing (nights and weekends)
Where did you (Matt Osterman – writer/director/editor) get your inspiration for the film?
“I like the big questions. There’s not much more intriguing than what happens after we die. If there is an afterlife is purely spiritual? Is Criss Angel waving a plastic wand as you float off to the 24th dimension? Maybe the supernatural is still relegated to the league of the unknown because science hasn’t figured out a way to get it to waltz with the scientific method yet. That and ghosts are creepy”.
What other movies/shows is it like?
Always a tough question, but probably: Primer, Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, Solaris, Twilight Zone episodes, and Freddy Got Fingered
Is the machine real? Could it actually work?
The machine is not real, but it is based on supernatural theoretical science. If the supernatural does indeed exist and someone was to actually create a working model, then of course it would absolutely work. I mean ghosts and machines go together like ninjas and pirates or zombies and robots. They’re all just two sides to the same metaphysical coin. Right? What was the question?
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:Matt Osterman
Written By:Matt Osterman
On DVD:Jul 12, 2011
Runtime: 86 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Audience REVIEWS
**** Robert Beveridge
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. The great thing about Ghost from the Machine, like last year's similarly excellent Bellflower, is that this is a movie that Osterman could have easily taken in a generic sci-fi or horror direction, but instead, this reminded me a great deal of the wonderful little 2004 French film Les Revenants; Osterman instead focuses on the characters' reactions to what's going on around them rather than spending all the movie's time reveling in the wonderment of "hey, look what we did, and how many CGI effects we used to do it!". This is not a movie for the stuff-blows-up crowd, which unfortunately limits its appeal to the broad market, but those who appreciate intelligence, empathy, and a great story will find this exactly the kind of thing they've been looking for all their lives without realizing it.
***1/2 Lee Mayo
"Ghost from the Machine" (a.k.a. "Phasma Ex Machina") is a quality ghost story even without having to judge it against its limited resources.
Outside 2010 Review on Joblo
by: Moises Hernandez
Where the heck did this come from? Here's something that has managed to sneak up out of nowhere. It's called PHASMA EX MACHINA. A film about someone trying to transport ghosts into our world via machine. Sounds like crazy fun. We've also got a preview of the first artwork from the film, courtesy of Dread Central. Check out the synopsis below to get a better feel for the flick and then click on the preview of the poster to be redirected to a larger view.
After his parents are killed in car accident, Cody is left dealing with great guilt, caring for his younger brother and the persistent thought of how to bring his parents back to life. Cody knows he is not the first person to have this idea or the first to have attempted to carry it through. After several attempts with his electromagnetic device, he becomes the first to breach the wall between the living and the dead. But where is the line between life and death? And who actually comes back? What ghosts come out of the machine? “Phasma Ex Machina” is a sci-fi film which has succeeded to combine both heart and mystery with electronic veins and sheet metal.
Matt Osterman directs the film and Jennifer Kramer produces. The film stars Sasha Andreev, Max Hauser, Matthew Feeny, Katrina Hawley, Ellen Karsten and Emily Fradenburgh.