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Author Topic: Children's "scary" movie with spirit-contacting Edison machine?  (Read 2380 times)
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« on: March 02, 2007, 03:19:40 pm »

Here's something that's been niggling at the back of my brain: a movie I saw many years ago.  From what I remember, it was one of those "horror" flicks aimed at younger kids (in the spirit of Escape from Witch Mountain) about some (modern) kids who find this lovely looking device hidden in their house.  The film was not Steampunk by any stretch of the imagination, but this machine--oh the machine!  It was all manner of brass, wood, and glass-tubed goodness, with a "made by Edison" nameplate on it.  When they plugged it in (to AC mains? Yeah...), it opened the portal to the spirit world or some such thing--Matilda-esqe adventures ensue. 

Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2007, 09:49:42 pm »

HAHAHAHA!!!!

EDISON YOU ARE THWARTED BY THE ALTERNATING CURRENT GOODNESS OF TESSLA!!!!!!

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sorry for that outburst.  I have not seen the movie but I would like to, do you have a title?
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2007, 09:54:15 pm »

i haven't heard of the movie but it sounds interesting.
I think I remember reading how Edison was working on a machine that would make it possible to communicate with the dead.
I'm sure there is someone on here much more versed in history that knows what I'm talking about and has a better idea of what this unfinished machine was
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2007, 10:00:03 pm »

Actually, if anyone stays up late listening to the radio...

Coast to Coast AM (http://www.coasttocoastam.com)  featured a segment last night on the edision spirit calling machine.  Though I had to be up for work at 6am, so I'm afraid I missed the segment.  One can listen to it on their website if you're a member of streamlink.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2007, 10:36:01 pm »

Here's something that's been niggling at the back of my brain: a movie I saw many years ago.  From what I remember, it was one of those "horror" flicks aimed at younger kids (in the spirit of Escape from Witch Mountain) about some (modern) kids who find this lovely looking device hidden in their house.  The film was not Steampunk by any stretch of the imagination, but this machine--oh the machine!  It was all manner of brass, wood, and glass-tubed goodness, with a "made by Edison" nameplate on it.  When they plugged it in (to AC mains? Yeah...), it opened the portal to the spirit world or some such thing--Matilda-esqe adventures ensue. 

Anybody know what I'm talking about?


Was it Nightworld: Lost Souls perchance..?
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2007, 10:41:13 pm »

I think that's it!  Thanks!  Now, to find a copy of it...
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