Evil Computers: When technology turns against us!

by Lance_Burton | created - 01 Aug 2013 | updated - 17 Feb 2016 | Public

Computers, laptops, gaming consoles and smartphones are some of the many technologies that brings joy to many people. But what if that technology becomes self-aware and sees humans as a potential threat....

For now everyone is safe, but when the time comes you better arm yourself with EMP weapons and be ready for the next stone age.

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1. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre broadcast.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 83,798 | Gross: $2.12M

I just had to include this movie, it has little to do with computers since it's main focus is television sets & videocassettes. But than again what is a TV nowadays? a big box? a flat-screen? or perhaps a computer?

Videodrome is 30 years old now but is still relevant in today's standards, it predicted many things that are now taken for granted in the 21st century, this movie really made me think about that.

2. TerrorVision (1986)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Chad Allen

Votes: 6,407 | Gross: $0.32M

3. The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Votes: 152,935 | Gross: $60.24M

4. The Video Dead (1987 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

A family takes delivery of a new television set, unaware that it is the gateway by which killer zombies enter the world.

Director: Robert Scott | Stars: Michael St. Michaels, Thaddeus Golas, Douglass Bell, Al Millan

Votes: 3,521

5. The Lift (1983)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A lift technician finds himself drawn into a web of mystery and peril as he investigates the perplexing deadly accidents occurring in the elevators of a new office building.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum, Liz Snoyink

Votes: 6,113

I am happy that Holland also has it's share in technological horrors.

6. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 22,896 | Gross: $1.26M

7. Demon Seed (1977)

Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 8,194

Incredibly accurate in terms of technology for the time this movie was made, even though it still remains fiction. The computer systems in the day were huge, and the this very retro concept of a self-aware supercomputer that sees mankind as the biggest evil on the planet is very unique and way ahead of it's time.

*A must see for IT-professionals

8. App (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A young psychology student is drawn into the dark and fearful world of a diabolic and mysterious App that starts to terrorize her, distributing compromising photographs, videos and text ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Boermans | Stars: Hannah Hoekstra, Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog, Mark van Eeuwen

Votes: 2,454

9. Embryo (1976)

PG | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,328

10. Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr

Votes: 91,553 | Gross: $54.68M

11. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 90,885 | Gross: $79.57M

12. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 30,120 | Gross: $7.43M

13. Untraceable (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

32 Metascore

FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked with hunting down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. As time runs out, the cat and mouse chase becomes more personal.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Billy Burke

Votes: 47,509 | Gross: $28.69M

14. I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 498,528 | Gross: $144.80M

15. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 33,913 | Gross: $32.10M

16. Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

29 Metascore

Jobe is resuscitated by Jonathan Walker. He wants Jobe to create a special computer chip that would connect all the computers in the world into one network, which Walker would control and ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Matt Frewer, Austin O'Brien, Ely Pouget

Votes: 8,925 | Gross: $2.41M

17. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,673,443 | Gross: $171.48M

18. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Freedom fighters Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 515,173 | Gross: $281.49M

19. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 447,528 | Gross: $139.31M

20. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 507,847 | Gross: $132.07M

21. Virus (1999)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

19 Metascore

After outrunning a typhoon at sea, a strong-willed tugboat navigator and her crew discover a high-tech alien life form that's taken control of a Russian research vessel and aims to destroy on a massive scale.

Director: John Bruno | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joanna Pacula

Votes: 26,537 | Gross: $14.01M

22. Wedlock (I) (1991)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A male prison escapee heads for his hidden loot electronically attached to a female prisoner.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Mimi Rogers, Joan Chen, James Remar

Votes: 7,857

23. Terminal Error (2002)

PG-13 | 90 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi

A disgruntled computer hacker, uses the rebellious son of a major software company president, to create Havoc.

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: Michael Nouri, Marina Sirtis, Matthew Ewald, David Wells

Votes: 472

24. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 302,077 | Gross: $119.39M

25. Memorial Day (1998)

R | 95 min | Action, Thriller

An embittered satellite expert gets the opportunity for revenge against the USA by aiding terrorists in a plan to destroy the country's military base.

Director: Worth Keeter | Stars: Mongo Brownlee, Frederick Coffin, Oscar Dillon, Jeffrey King

Votes: 178

26. The Net (I) (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker

Votes: 60,651 | Gross: $50.73M

27. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

Director: Robert Longo | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T

Votes: 66,673 | Gross: $19.08M

28. Feardotcom (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

16 Metascore

A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier

Votes: 20,232 | Gross: $13.21M

29. Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

Gamers playing a MMORPG based on the "Hellraiser" films find their lives endangered after being invited to a rave, the host of which intends to show them the truth behind the Cenobite mythos.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Stelian Urian, Katheryn Winnick, Anna Tolputt, Khary Payton

Votes: 9,797

30. Stay Alive (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

For a group of teens, the answer to the mysterious death of their old friend lies within the world of an online video game based on the true story of an ancient noblewoman known as the Blood Countess.

Director: William Brent Bell | Stars: Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Jimmi Simpson

Votes: 30,414 | Gross: $23.09M

31. Pulse (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

27 Metascore

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Director: Jim Sonzero | Stars: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian, Ian Somerhalder

Votes: 28,022 | Gross: $20.26M

32. Deep Space (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Charles Napier, Ann Turkel, Bo Svenson, Ron Glass

Votes: 744

33. Red Planet (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director: Antony Hoffman | Stars: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 55,370 | Gross: $18.00M

34. The 6th Day (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

Futuristic action film about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker

Votes: 116,428 | Gross: $34.60M

35. The Dark Side of the Moon (1990)

R | 87 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

In 2022, a repair crew is sent to fix an orbital weapon but their spaceship malfunctions and ends up heading towards the dark side of the moon. There, in a mysterious, seemingly abandoned space shuttle, a sinister force lies in wait.

Director: D.J. Webster | Stars: Robert Sampson, Will Bledsoe, Joe Turkel, Camilla More

Votes: 2,159

36. Video Violence (1987 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

A husband and wife open a video store in a new town, and come to find out that the locals only rent horror films and the "occasional triple X'er", and make their own snuff videos.

Director: Gary P. Cohen | Stars: Gary Schwartz, Chick Kaplan, Robin Leeds, Paige Price

Votes: 712

37. Video Violence 2 (1988 Video)

TV-14 | 75 min | Horror

Howard and Eli, the killers from the first Video Violence movie, are back and are now hosting their own TV show. Broadcast secretly from their basement, the show looks a the fine art of ... See full summary »

Director: Gary P. Cohen | Stars: David Christopher, Mavis Harris, Neil Cerbone, Bill Bowers

Votes: 336

38. Dial: Help (1988)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Charlotte Lewis, Marcello Modugno, Mattia Sbragia, Carola Stagnaro

Votes: 404

39. Fatal Sky (1990)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In Norway, a military plane crashes under mysterious circumstances; In his last message, the pilot reported many lights falling from the sky. NATO wants to play down the incident, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Shields | Stars: Michael Nouri, Darlanne Fluegel, Maxwell Caulfield, Derren Nesbitt

Votes: 141

40. Circuitry Man (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a future where most humans have moved underground to escape the pollution, one of the few pleasures left is a kind of narcotic in the form of chips which can be plugged directly into the... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lovy | Stars: Jim Metzler, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Lu Leonard, Vernon Wells

Votes: 796

41. Crash and Burn (1990 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to insure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, Ralph Waite, Bill Moseley

Votes: 1,019

42. Megaville (1990)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A sci-fi fantasy about a world where it is illegal to enjoy any kind of media except in a place called Megaville. After catching a brutal killer named Jenson, the media police send an agent... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lehner | Stars: J.C. Quinn, Billy Zane, John Lantz, Pamela Hastings

Votes: 219

43. The Rift (1990)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Siren II, a submarine under the command of Capt. Phillips, ventures into the deep on a mission to recover the missing Siren I. Their quest is hindered when the submarine becomes entangled in a patch of toxic seaweed.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise, Deborah Adair

Votes: 1,786

44. The Guyver (1991)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang | Stars: Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos, Michael Berryman

Votes: 4,781

45. 976-Evil II (1991)

R | 93 min | Horror

A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Debbie James, René Assa, Patrick O'Bryan, Philip McKeon

Votes: 1,540

46. Shadowchaser (1992 Video)

R | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.5