Top 5 Scariest Tech Horror Movies

Top 5 Scariest Tech Horror Movies

Posted by

The Future–is here! Or just around the corner–or.. Far, far away from the here and now–and there’s
nothing to worry about, really–because it’ll be someone else’s nightmare. So let them deal with it. I’m just kidding–the thing is though, particularly
when it comes to technology in horror–science fiction is often in the driving seat, and
movies with otherwise terrifying premises based upon the ever moving progress of technology–don’t
really tend to get their just desserts in the eternal service of horror cinema. However, some movies that lie in between the
two often strike a balance that is deeply unsettling, because as human technology makes
progress–so too does horror cinema. And in that case, let’s take a look. Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again, welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Tech-Horror Movies. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
of course–from Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner–because,
well–I needn’t explain why it deserves to be our opening clip for this particular
list, because it’s Blade Runner. It leads us to an important distinction though,
because there are many classics of cinema that could fall into this camp, but many of
them don’t exactly hit the specifics of what we’re looking for. Hey, it’s a specific list after all–but
honorable mentions go out to Ridley Scott’s other classic, Alien–as well as Danny Boyle’s
Sunshine, James Cameron’s The Terminator–yeah, you get the picture. Kicking off at Number 5 — Pandorum, 2009 Now–you know what baffles me? This film got absolutely torn asunder by critics,
and since it’s release back in 2009 it’s been consistently trashed and run through
the mill of films that you shouldn’t watch. But I’ll say to hell with that–because
when it comes to technology in horror, Pandorum is one of the most insanely entertaining and
genuinely terrifying movies in the subgenre. And yes, I say that whilst acknowledging that
this film is perhaps the most outwardly science fiction flick on this list, but it’s in
Pandorum’s approach to technology and the ultimate implications of where it could take
us that is truly disturbing. Directed by Christian Alvart, and written
by Travis Milloy, Pandorum tells the tale of an interstellar art, called the Elysium–that
carries over 60’000 people on a century long trip to a remote, Earth-like planet,
after our own Earth got chewed-up and spit out and booed off stage. Also, did I mention that the cast to Pandorum
is absolutely stacked? It stars the main man himself, Dennis Quaid–alongside
Ben Foster–an incredible actor who deserves much more time in the limelight, but who definitely
gets it in Pandorum–because Foster knocks this film out of the park. Oh yeah–did I also mention that Norman Reedus
himself is in this movie? Albeit in a much more conversative role, but
hey–it still counts, right? I kind of don’t want to delve into the plot
of this movie at all–because admittedly, it relies on the many twists and turns and
seat of your pants revelations to keep its momentum going, and whilst it doesn’t really
do anything new with the genre from an outward perspective–what it does do, it does incredibly
well. As so far as technology is concerned–the
final act of Pandorum will be worth the reveal, and it’s existential depth is almost Lovecraftian
in it’s approach. If you’re feeling a film that’s Event
Horizon, meets Sunshine–with a little sprinkling of Prometheus thrown in, that handles the
future of spaceflight technology in an incredibly bleak and dread-inducing light, then yeah–Pandorum
is exactly that movie. It’s great. Give it a watch. Coming in at Number 4 – Unfriended, 2014 Yeah, we can’t really make this list without
including this one, can we? And truth be told, we have to give credit
to a horror movie that is essentially a Skype call gone wrong, because no matter how standoffish
you feel about the premise–there is no denying the fact that 2014’s Unfriended is a genuinely
unsettling horror film, and as far as innovation of the genre is concerned, it’s perhaps
the most successful indie movie of recent times. You see, I understand why people have a grudge
with this film–which is essentially a Teen Slasher that takes place on a webscreen in
a Skype Call–so why don’t they just turn their computer off and call the police once
things start going bad? Well, I think that British Film Critic Mark
Kermode put it best–they can’t turn their computers off, because they’re addicted. And that point in itself, from a technology
perspective–drives its point home when attached to horror. Because what is the ultimate goal of horror
cinema–other than to be a lens to the truth? Written by Nelson Greaves and directed by
Leo Gabriadze, Unfriended tells the tale of a High School Student named Laura–who commits
suicide after a video of her passed out at a party goes viral. A year later, and her classmates are taking
part in a group Skype call–when slowly, they realise there’s someone else in the call
with them, and things quickly take a completely different direction. Now, listen–I know what you’ll be thinking–but
for what appears to be a relatively cheap and stupid film on the surface, Unfriended
is actually an incredibly impressive piece of horror cinema–and the way it deals with
the cautionary tale of technology isn’t as full frontal as some of the other entries
on this list–but still manages to hit just as hard. Unfriended is a surprisingly great horror
flick–and as far as technology is concerned, it paints a pretty bleak picture. Next up at Number 3 – Cube, 1997 I love this film! And when I was about 9 years old–I accidently
played a VHS recording of this instead of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers–and was pretty
shocked at the results. As you may imagine. In fact though, looking back at 1997’s Cube–this
film was way ahead of its time in dealing with the enigma and puzzling nature of technology–or,
should we say, a technology far, far greater than human-kind. But, that would be spoilers, right? And yeah, whilst I’m lumping in the sequels
and prequels that have subsequently been spawned from this film, we’re solely focusing on
the original–because for a film that shouldn’t have really been a success on paper, Cube
is awesome. Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, Cube
tells the tale of five strangers who wake up in a mysterious cube shaped-room, who then
discover that this same mysterious cube-shaped room is connected to others of its kind. But obviously, being a horror movie–in each
of these rooms, there are terrifying contraptions and designs which make it pretty difficult
to stay alive. You see, on paper–Cube should kind of suck. It was the CFC’s first feature project–it
had a relatively unknown cast, the acting was kind of hit-and-miss, and the CGI was
pretty damn laughable in places–but hey, it was 1997–and like with many films that
try to tackle technology as a horror concept– this film did the best it could with what
it had available, and the efficiency of Cube’s egalitarian approach to horror is what catapults
it to the cult status it deserves–which still holds true to this day. This film is damn entertaining–and whilst
the later films serve to flesh out the actual *technology* prefix of this list, as well
as the wider implications of what the Cube actually is, the first, mysterious foray into
its design is a worthy horror experience. If you haven’t seen Cube, I’d highly recommend
that you do so. Swinging in at Number 2 – Upgrade, 2018 I *also* love this film. And shoutout goes to our Top 5 Scary Editor,
Ryan, for forcing me to finally watch it. And truth be told, whilst 2018’s Upgrade
isn’t exactly the most explicit of horror films–because, it’s not really a conventional
horror film at all–I’ve been wanting to find a place for it for a while on a Top 5
Scary List–and what better place than this one. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t
many, many elements of horror to this film–and in fact, it falls in line with our most recent
Body Horror series–although this one, of course, is wrapped up in a neat little technological
package. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade
tells the tale of a man named Grey Trace, a mechanic of the near future, that shuns
the advances of technology, instead relying on the tried and tested methods of combustion
engines and old school muscle cars. Where have we heard that one before, right? One evening, after taking a trip in a self-driving
car, Grey and his wife get caught in a grizzly accident–and he is ultimately paralyzed from
the waist down–all of which leads to him being implanted with a multi-purpose chip,
known as STEM–and then things really get turned up a notch. I’ll try and keep the narrative as Bare
Bones as possible, because there’s a lot to be enjoyed in the A to B of Grey’s journey–and
admittedly, part of the charm of this film is how simple it is in its approach, all of
which serves as the back-drop to the final, fear-inducing realisation of Upgrade’s closing
few scenes. As far as technology in horror is concerned,
Upgrade covers one of the most tangible fears of the future–artificial super-intelligence,
and the space that lies in between man and machine. I mean, I’m sorry if that comes off as a
little spoiler-ish, but Upgrade covers some weighty themes–and you may not realise it
at first glance. This film is entertaining as hell–and it’s
a breath of fresh air in the speculative branch of horror. Give it a watch, you won’t be disappointed
with this one. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot
– Videodrome, 1983 Long live the new flesh! Guys, come on–Videodrome was so ahead of
it’s time that it vividly portrayed something that didn’t really have a name at the time
of its creation. Obviously, that thing was Virtual Reality–although
David Cronenberg’s depiction of it was a little less virtual, and a little more grotesque
body horror with Debbie Harry inside a latex television set–but hey, that’s what we
love him for, right? The thing is, it’s exciting for horror fans
to have a film like Videodrome in the canon of cinema–because whilst this film was very
much a product of its time–in terms of technology in horror–this is the definition of a society
facing something and more importantly, fearing it. As David Cronenberg explained, as a kid–he
used to pick up stray T.V signals from Buffalo, New York–late at night, after Canadian stations
had all gone off the air. He used to worry that he might see something
strange and disturbing, that wasn’t intended for public consumption–and thus, Videodrome
was born. The definition of Technology in Horror. Written and directed by the man himself, David
Cronenberg–and starring the legendary James Woods–Videodrome tells the tale of Max Renn,
a shock and awe T.V executive who’s looking for something off the wall to reignite his
failing studio–who stumbles upon a strange new T.V show, Videodrome–allegedly being
beamed out of Malaysia, which depicts the brutal torture and murder of it’s victims
in a strange, unsettling torture chamber. Yeah. All those Urban Legends you’ve heard about
The Deep Web? David Cronenberg was doing that in 1983. But wait–there’s more, because the concession
of this film being way, way ahead of it’s time extends it’s fleshy tendrils to so
many wider concepts in its fear of the future that it’s disturbing how on the money the
majority of this film is. Videodrome is straight up disorentating in
its scope–and it’s vile, dystopian view of the future, wrapped in the cautionary tale
of our society’s obsession with entertainment hits far closer to home that what anyone would
have originally expected, and still rings true to this day. There’s a lot to be found here, and rightfully
so. It deserves its place at our Number 1 spot
of Technology in Horror Cinema. Well, there we have it folks–our list for
the Top 5 Scariest Tech-Horror Movies. What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below. Before we depart from today’s video, let’s
first take a quick look at some of your more resounding remarks from over the past few
days. CreepySims 666 says — Think you’ve washed that top all too often
Jack, which is a shame cos I love that top. Top tip–turn the top inside out before you
wash it, helps prevent taking the print off the front. — You know what? I love how much my t-shirts are such a hot
topic of conversation over here at Top 5 Scary Videos. Maybe we should do a Top 5 Scary Top’s–because,
let’s face it–I’ve only got like 5 anyway. But, thank you very much for the tip CreepySims
666–I’ll take note. On that note–that’s unfortunately all we’ve
got time for in today’s video–cheers for sticking around all the way until the end. If you were a fan of this video, or just Top
5 Scary Videos in particular, then please–be a dear and hit that thumbs up button, as well
as that subscribe bell, and I’ll be seeing you in the next one.


  1. I trust your view on cinema, Jack, so I'll have to rewatch Unfriended – if I can resist puncturing my ear-drums to stop that nerve-shattering Instant Message chime XD

    Cronenberg was so ahead of his time… "The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena. The Videodrome."

  2. Interesting putting Upgrade into this list. WHile a great film, it really wasn't a "horror" film until that final twist ending.

  3. Thanks for including Unfriended. I get reluctant to say I felt more and more uneasy as Unfriended went on and I didn't mind the entire film being on the laptop, reminded me of vhs in a way.

    Also to Cube, watched it for the first time a few years ago and my expectations were exceeded.

  4. upgrade, along with game night were 2 of 2018's most surprising gems. the only quibble i would have with the list is unfriended. if you want a teens-addicted-to-computers tech horror movie, the original PULSE would have been a better choice. it's 1000x better than unfriended, and is genuinely creepy.

  5. Fun stuff, Videodrome for the win. Pt2 add 1990s Hardware w/Dylan McDermot . Awesome soundtrack & antagonist. plus Lemmy & Iggy Pop

  6. Jack, my man! What the devil is the Top 5 theme called? Is it available? I absolutely dig it ! Thanks for the help! Lobe the channel!

  7. I’m really sick of people defending Unfriended, the idea is definitely unique but it was really poorly executed. The film’s main problem was it’s extremely unlikable group of characters, I just didn’t like anyone so I didn’t care about anyone. I really think that the second movie is the superior film, Unfriended: Dark Web. The use of the dark web as a premise is very effective and well the film does have some strange creative choices, I have no issue with the film and honestly really enjoyed it. This film also has one massive advantage over the first one, much more likable characters!!! Seriously, I liked almost everyone of them, the only character I didn’t care about was the one that was killed first and even then I didn’t hate the character. This movie also has a fun twist at the end, Unfriended: Dark Web is what the first film should’ve been, go check this one out.

  8. To me upgrade was a action movie but a damn good one enjoyed it very much looked at it several times especially the cutting scene I would have talked to

  9. FYI – With all due respect, just because you say these movies are good does not make them good. I have seen all five and out of the five I actually sat through and watched all of "Upgrade" and did not hate it . Maybe you should have included the film "Existenz".

  10. I love Blade Runner(a classic) and Cube is amazing. Cube's plot was awesome. Videodrome was creepy AF. Good call, Jack

  11. X-files episode 7 in season 11 entitled Rm9sbG93ZXJz is a really great technology horror feature. One of the scarier episodes of that season.

  12. I love these list!! They are awesome. But I didn't watch Videodrome yet so I think I should watch it asap.

  13. Virus 1999 was one of the movies I watched instead of "Power rangers"….totally worth it, never really heard much about that film since, but left its mark on a young mind .

  14. Guys, I love this channel to death, but really? Unfriended was a dumpster fire. Don't encourage that mess.

  15. What no mention of the original Japanese version of One Missed Call or Pulse? I'm shocked. What about Infini? Those are just off the top of my head. Love the channel by the way.

  16. In "Unfriended", it always sounded to me like signing off meant being killed immediately. If you stayed on then you got to keep playing.

  17. I love the fact that you recommend all kinds of films, even those that were panned. Even in the "worst" films there's something to like and a particular group of people who it'll scare the pants off of. Nothing is a better example of that than films focusing on the nature of technology. Films inspired by social media and online worlds are only just getting started and I'm excited to see where they go.

  18. I agree that the premise of Unfriended was an interesting idea, but the execution was a bit disappointing. The ways the friends get killed are ridiculous and lose any gravity the film might have had. Seriously, getting killed by a blender or a hair straightener seems like it would be in a dark comedy and not a horror movie.

  19. Fun list! I still need to check out Upgrade.

    I'd recommend Antiviral for a future list. There are some deeply unsettling social implications throughout that flick, on top of the body horror aspects.

  20. Cube has a Saw vibe to me. Circuitry Man may not be a horror movie by definition, but it definitely creeped me out as a kid.

  21. Hell yeah Jack! Pandorum was a real hidden gem??. Amazing list except for unfriended, it sucked.
    Still opinions vary and thanks as always Jack

  22. Haven't seen Unfriended, but for the rest I can say good picks!
    Also In this genre, I do have a soft spot for movies like Hardware, Death Machine and Screamers.

  23. Nice list! I’m binging on all of your videos today! Another movie that could have been on this list (or Part 2) is Demon Seed (1977). Keep up the good work!

  24. eXistenZ should be included in this list. That's a trippy movie. Also how can you leave out the 80s classics like Chopping Mall and Deadly Friend.

  25. In Unfriended, if they hang up or turn off their computers, Laura's ghost kills them. This goes for calling the police too.

  26. There's a TV movie from 1971 called 'Paper Man' you might like. There's some computer hacking, and maybe an A.I. that's killing people. More mysterious than scary, but it's here on YT.

  27. I really wish The director of Cube hadn't destroyed his own sequel to Cube. Supposedly he did a 15 minute coda that explained what had caused it all, but destroyed it once completed

  28. Upgrade is absolutely brilliant. The twists towards the end are well crafted and the fight scenes are, at the same time, hysterical and brutal…….I hated Pandorum.

  29. Yes Videodrone was and still is a horror tech masterpiece way ahead of it's time and still is today and with James Woods come on 80's masterpiece entirely thank u for including it in this list. ??

  30. Unfriended was fairly meh to me at best. Event Horizon would have definitely made my list. I might have included Sphere as well. Pandorum is a great pick though.

  31. I was never really a big huge fan of Pandorum but that twist at the end stuck with me since I watched it for the first time.

  32. I thought friend request was a better film and I enjoy how terrifying it is. yet it's hauntingly beautiful how she got her doing in the end. It goes show you don't judge people by how they look or post on social media.

  33. Jack:the future is now or right around the corner or far far away
    leave a like and reply if u agree

  34. Dude I just recently seen upgrade I enjoyed the hell out that movie the ending had me like damn didn't see that coming took me a minute to watch because I kept seeing it and kept seeing it and blew it off then finally seen it and damn I had to see it again for the second time with a friend

  35. Brilliant list guys. Also its actually nice to hear "Unfriended" getting some well deserved praise for a change. Have heard it slated many times, so it's refreshing to hear a positive review. And of course "Upgrade", what a movie. To those that haven't seen it, if you like Black Mirror, then you will enjoy it. 😀

  36. Videodrome is the brainiest horror movie ever made. Based on Marshall MacLuhan's communication theory. And the main character is based on TV exec Moses Znaimer. It's such a Toronto movie.

  37. Pandorum and Cube both RULE! Looking forward to the other three. I know it's animated, but how about Dead Space: Downfall? As one who is VERY picky with what animation he watches, this is right up there with my 2 faves on this list. Cheers!

  38. Btw. he didn't mention that "Pandorum" is from the makers of "Resident Evil".
    Good movie. If you haven't watched it I'd give it a try. Sci-fi Horror.

  39. I always enjoyed technology turning on humans. In recent year a movie called Pulse I really enjoyed although critics and fans hated it. Maximum Overdrive is another movie where technology turned on humans. It’s a 80s Stephen king novel turned movie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *