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Technology in Horror Movies

this post is part of Thursday Movie Picks, a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves

In this week’s Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Special the theme is technology in horror movies! It’s a hard one because there aren’t that many horror films that revolve around technology (more action/thrillers), but I’ve managed to find three legit picks that I’ve seen. Just can’t promise they’re good ones. You guys know I usually pick five, but this week it was impossible to find two more movies that fit the theme!

Technology in Horror Movies

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White Noise - Technology in Horror Movies

03. White Noise (2005)

directed by Geoffrey Sax
starring Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger

First up is White Noise and as I said above, these picks are not all good. Back in 2005 I was a bit scared and it didn’t look so bad, but I have a feeling if you were to watch it today this would be pretty awful. Tech is incorporated pretty straightforwardly here, as one of the characters is trying to communicate with his dead wife through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon).

Simply put, it’s the recording of a voice that comes in through the static (white noise) of, for example, a television. And now I just realised that tv static is a thing of the past.

Videodrome - Technology in Horror Movies

02. Videodrome (1983)

directed by David Cronenberg
starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry

Coming in second place is the Cronenberg classic Videodrome. We watched this horror film for our podcast, Across the Universe, but it was just a bit too much for me. There’s lots to take in with its exploration of the effects of violence and sex in society, as seen through the prism of technology, and our overall relationship with tech.

It’s an uncomfortable watch in true Cronenberg fashion, so proceed only if you enjoy the disturbing and disorienting.

Ringu - Technology in Horror Movies

01. Ringu (1998)

directed by Hideo Nakata
starring Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sanada

And finally, a movie (or a set of them) that I can actually recommend today. This japanese masterpiece of horror, directed by the acclaimed Hideo Nakata, is a pretty flawless movie that is guaranteed to give you the creeps. The US remake from 2002 starring Naomi Watts is a solid choice if you want a Hollywood production and actual scares, but I’d 100% recommend you also check out the original.

In Ringu, a cursed VHS tape gives its viewers seven days to live – after which they will die, killed in revenge by a girl who suffered a horrible death. I’m not sure when the whole girl with long hair covering her face thing started, but Ringu certainly solidifies it.

When the week is out, the girl comes out of the television and heads in your direction, slowly. There’s no way to avoid her or death, so watching her walking/crawling towards you is pretty excruciating, though not scary in the classic sense of a jump scare.

As with other j-horror movies, Ringu is more atmospheric and creepy than scary; more plot focused, and even dramatic. That might keep you up at night, or not; it’s entirely subjective. The mere sight of her freaks me out, but if you’re looking for a good old jump scare, then the US version is a safe bet that doesn’t compromise the plot.

Have you seen any of these movies? Share your own Tech Horror favourites below!

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  1. October 19, 2018 / 9:16 PM

    We have a match on Videodrome. It’s a masterpiece in my eyes. I’ve seen The Ring, but haven’t gotten around to seeing Ringu, yet. I need to do that. And White Noise was terrible when I watched it 2005. Didn’t have to wait.

    • October 23, 2018 / 10:56 AM

      I’m happy you like Videodrome. I enjoyed it on an intellectual level, but style wise it’s just not my cup of tea. Hope you like Ringu when you get to see it. And yeah, White Noise is pretty shitty 😂

  2. Joel
    October 22, 2018 / 4:36 PM

    I’ve only seen Videodrome, which is popular this week, and it was so long ago I don’t remember much about it. I’m going to be watching The Ring sometime this month after meaning to for years. The other is unknown to me.

    I expected this week to be harder than it was. My three all occurred to me right away.

    Frankenstein (1931)-Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) of whom it might be generously said has a screw or two loose attempts with the latest technology to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the dead in his laboratory deep within the walls of his remote castle. Assisted by the loyal, deformed Fritz (Dwight Frye), he succeeds in bringing his monster (Boris Karloff) to life in florid fashion. However, trouble is brewing when the confused and traumatized monster escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Iconic and seminal film impressively director by James Whale, with a touching performance by Karloff, set the standard for all horror movies to follow.

    Demon Seed (1977)-Susan Harris (Julie Christie) and her husband Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) a renowned scientist live in a home he has modified to be run by voice-activated computers. Dr. Harris has also developed Proteus IV, an extremely advanced and autonomous artificial intelligence program. When Harris becomes disturbed by Proteus’s demands to be let “out of this box”. Harris switches off the communications link but Proteus restarts itself, constructs a robot takes control of the house and traps Susan inside. Object: impregnate Susan to assume human form. Strange, unsettling sci-fi based on a Dean Koontz novel is strengthened by having a talent like Julie Christie in the lead.

    Tron (1982)-Young computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) discovers that his work is being stolen by one of his company’s executives-Ed Dillinger (David Warner). He attempts to hack the system but something goes awry and Flynn is transported into the digital world, facing off against Dillinger’s computerized likeness, Sark, and the imposing Master Control Program. Aided by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan), Flynn fights a technological battle for control. Though the graphics are wildly dated now they were cutting edge when this was released.

    • October 23, 2018 / 10:52 AM

      I just watched Frankenstein for the first time a few days ago, great pick. Haven’t heard of your other two picks, though!

  3. October 23, 2018 / 12:19 AM

    I have not seen my of these. I don’t think I will watch Videodrone even though it is popular this week. I haven’t seen white noise and probably won’t. I saw the remake of Ringu which scared the hell out of me so I will pass on this one even though I head it was excellent

    • October 23, 2018 / 10:54 AM

      I understand 😂 Honestly White Noise is really not good, Videodrome is considered a cult movie but I’m not rushing to rewatch it as it is not a style I enjoy, and Ringu is terrifying so yeah, totally get why you don’t want to see any of these!

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