Dale’s Triple-Feature — Killer Robots

Technological monstrosities out for blood, human blood

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Hardware (1990)

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

From an age of rapid technological progress, here are three movies that tap into our fear of it getting out of control. After decades of being promised shiny, polite, robotic servants, some filmmakers looked at the horror of advanced robotic beings.

Moontrap (1989)

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Moontrap (1989)

A mission to the moon awakens a dormant technology, unleashing killer alien cyborgs that wreak havoc.

Hardware (1990)

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Hardware (1990)

In a post-apocalyptic future, the disembodied head of a self-repairing killer robot is discovered and unwittingly brought back to life.

Virus (1999)

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Virus (1999)

A Russian research vessel gets infected by an information virus from an alien power surge and begins to grow killer alien cyborgs.

Three movies about out-of-control robots attacking people. While there are many more I could have chosen for this category, the common thread between these movies is how the robots are portrayed; they are not human actors, as in Terminator or Westworld, they are creepy animatronic puppets. Also, all three feature the idea of self-repairable robots, that can use materials in the environment to repair, grow, and augment their bodies. Another interesting connection is the woman in peril trope, as can be seen in the screenshots here.

Questions:

Do you think humans should be worried about robots turning on us in the future, or will it all be okay? Should we make them self-repairable?

If a killer robot entered your house right now, how would you fight it?

How should we program robots to ensure they won’t turn nasty? Can Asimov’s Three_Laws protect us?

Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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