7 Most Lethal Killer Robots in Movie History
Hollywood loves wickedly lethal killer robots on the loose. The common fear of "killer robots" is grounded in what we learned from the movies, not in the science behind autonomous weapons. Here, to make the case, are seven of the more bodacious boogieman ‘bots of the Silver Screen.
7. The Golem (1915)
This silent film was hailed as the first science-fiction movie ever. (It predates Sharknado III by a full century!) Only fragments of the film still exist. Plot summary: antique dealer finds mythical ancient Golem and brings it back to life; Golem falls in love with dealer’s wife; Golem goes postal. Not much science in this fiction. Heck, the dude is made of clay.
6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Robots became a staple of Hollywood science fiction. Most were mindless drones like the trash-can robots that battle "Crash" Corrigan in Undersea Kingdom (1936). But this classic sci-fi film offers a different take. Here, the eight-foot tall Gort has a mind of his own. He’s aboard an alien spacecraft that lands next to the Washington Monument. When an earthling speaks those mysterious words “Klaatu barada nikto,” Gort takes off on a rampage to recover the spaceship’s pilot. The filmmakers were mostly interested in presenting pacifist metaphors that chide Cold War hysteria. Their message: The only way to handle violence is to have no violence. Sure, get right on that. Warning: A 2008 remake of this movie is brain-numbingly terrible. Watch it at your own peril.