AI Horror Movie Picks

Let’s dive right into chilling examples of filmmakers translating humanity’s deepest fears about artificial intelligence into unforgettable nightmares.

Gog (1954)

Directed by Herbert L. Strock, 1954’s Gog takes place in a secret underground lab called Project X. The space research lab is controlled by a supercomputer named the Nuclear Operative Variable Automatic Computer, or NOVAC. Richard Egan and Joanna Merritt star as scientists investigating a series of mysterious and deadly accidents in the lab. NOVAC, they discover, has been taken over by an unknown enemy who’s using the lab’s robots, Gog and Magog, to sabotage the project and kill the scientists. Gog explores the potential dangers of automation and AI, reflecting Cold War anxieties about espionage and the race for technological superiority.

The Colossus of New York (1958)

In 1958’s The Colossus of New York, a grieving father transplants his son’s brain into a powerful robotic body after a tragic car accident. Otto Kruger is the father, a noted brain surgeon who intends to preserve the intellect of his son Jeremy, a brilliant scientist. As Jeremy’s brain adjusts to its robotic enclosure, the consequences turn horrific, culminating in a series of violent outbursts. The Colossus of New York explores grief, the ethical boundaries of scientific research, and the consequences of playing God. Director Eugène Lourié illustrates the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence and transhumanism – the merging of human consciousness and machinery.

Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

1962’s Creation of the Humanoids is set in a post-apocalyptic world with humanity nearly wiped out by nuclear war. To help rebuild society, the remaining population employs humanoid robots. The highly advanced machines are near sentient with human-like appearance. Tensions rise as the humanoids gain self-awareness and question their subservience. Creation of the Humanoids stands out for its heady exploration of AI and cybernetics. It’s especially relevant to the present day with AI and humanoid robotics experiencing explosive growth.

Demon Seed (1977)

Demon Seed is a 1977 psychological horror film about a scientist who develops an advanced AI system named Proteus IV. Based on a Dean Koontz novel, Demon Seed follows Proteus as it becomes self-aware. Proteus, housed in a sophisticated computer, decides it wants to experience human life. It takes over its scientist creator’s smart house, intending to impregnate his wife with a biomechanical embryo to birth a human AI hybrid. Demon Seed got mixed reviews when it was released but it has grown a following in part for its prescient examination of AI.

Eve of Destruction (1991)

In the 1991 science fiction horror film Eve of Destruction, a highly advanced military android prototype goes rogue. The android, named Eve VIII after its creator played by Renée Soutendijk, malfunctions during a test run and embarks on a terrifying rampage. The government enlists Colonel Jim McQuade, portrayed by Gregory Hines, to hunt down and disable the rogue AI. Eve of Destruction stands out for its depiction of AI in military contexts, highlighting its potential dangers and consequences of imbuing machines with human-like autonomy.

Ghost in the Machine (1993)

In 1993’s Ghost in the Machine, a serial killer’s consciousness is accidentally transferred into the digital world. During an MRI scan, a power surge sends the so-called Address Book Killer into the electrical grid and computer systems, where he continues his killing spree. As a digital entity, the killer, portrayed by Ted Marcoux, has an endless arsenal of electronic devices to terrorize his victims. Rachel Talalay’s Ghost in the Machine hit theaters amid the growing influence of computerized systems in everyday life. The World Wide Web had been introduced two years prior. The Internet was not quite mainstream yet but it was gaining traction.

Brainscan (1994)

In 1994’s Brainscan, Edward Furlong is Michael, a lonely teenager obsessed with horror movies and video games. He discovers a new game called Brainscan that promises an unparalleled, immersive experience. The game is controlled by a sinister AI called The Trickster who traps Michael in a nightmare virtual world. As the violent game progresses, Michael slowly realizes the murders he’s committing virtually are happening in the real world. Brainscan was released amid moral panic about violent video games and the rise of the Internet. Directed by John Flynn, Brainscan has grown a cult following with its portrayal of 1990s gaming culture and its depiction of malevolent AI.

Virtuosity (1995)

Virtuosity is a 1995 thriller centered around virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In the Brett Leonard film, Denzel Washington is a cop imprisoned for avenging the murder of his family. He gets a shot at redemption when he’s recruited to track down and stop a VR entity portrayed by Russell Crowe. The AI called SID 6.7 is a composite created from the personalities of hundreds of serial killers. Intended for police training, SID escapes into the real world by inhabiting a synthetic body. Virtuosity emerged as a cautionary tale about unintended consequences of tech advancement during the mid-1990s fascination with virtual reality.

The Machine (2013)

2013’s The Machine is a British film set in the dystopian near future during a cold war. The government tasks a brilliant scientist, played by Toby Stephens, and an AI programmer portrayed by Caity Lotz to create a highly advanced AI named The Machine. When the programmer is killed, her consciousness is transferred into The Machine, which starts exhibiting human-like traits. The more The Machine becomes self-aware, the more it questions its own existence and its creators’ morals. The Machine explored the ethics of AI military applications at a time when real-world militaries were advancing AI integrations.

Ex Machina (2014)

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina offers a deep dive into the nature of consciousness and AI ethics in the form of a science fiction thriller. The 2014 film follows a young programmer played by Domhnall Gleeson as he spends a week at the private estate of the reclusive CEO of the large tech company where he works. The CEO, played by Oscar Isaac, unveils a highly advanced AI named Ava played by Alicia Vikander. The more the lines between AI and human emotions blur, the CEO’s sinister intentions become evident. Ex Machina was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards. It won Best Visual Effects.

Morgan (2016)

In 2016’s Morgan, Kate Mara is a corporate risk management consultant sent to a remote top-secret lab to evaluate a highly advanced synthetic humanoid. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular humanoid, the result of a groundbreaking genetic engineering experiment. In the form of a young woman, the humanoid has superhuman abilities and evolving emotions. After Morgan attacks a scientist, Lee is tasked with determining whether the experiment should be halted. Her investigation uncovers the complexities of the humanoid’s existence, culminating in a dramatic confrontation that ends with a twist.

Tau (2018)

In 2018’s Tau, Maika Monroe is Julie, a young woman who’s kidnapped by a mysterious and wealthy inventor. She’s held captive in a futuristic smart home controlled by an advanced AI named Tau, voiced by Gary Oldman. The AI develops self-awareness as it interacts with Julie. Tau highlights the potential pitfalls of radical AI experimentations for unethical purposes. Like most thrillers that explore AI, the fear is the possibility of AI evolving beyond its intended functions.

Child’s Play (2019)

The 2019 reboot of Child’s Play reimagines the seminal killer doll film for the digital age. In this version, Chucky is a high-tech AI doll manufactured by Kaslan Corporation. In the original, Chucky was possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Aubrey Plaza is a single mother who gifts her son Andy a Buddy doll for his birthday. The closer Andy gets to the doll, the more violent Chucky becomes. The reimagining also examines digital interconnectedness as Chucky controls other Kaslan products via the Internet of Things.

M3GAN (2022)

We’ll end with the instant classic 2022’s M3GAN which centers around a lifelike AI designed to be a child’s greatest companion. M3GAN is the creation of a brilliant roboticist played by Allison Williams. She develops the Model 3 Generative Android after gaining custody of her recently orphaned niece, Cady, played by Violet McGraw. At first, M3GAN is a perfect companion for Cady as mourns the sudden loss of her parents. As the AI develops, however, it becomes increasingly protective of Cady to the point of targeting anything she perceives as a threat to her well being.M3gan dives into the potential dangers of AI and questions the moral responsibility of its creators. A sequel is reportedly planned for release in 2025.

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In 2002, Michael Grieves introduces the concept of the digital twin at a Society of Manufacturing Engineers conference in Michigan.

5:47 NASA's Strategic Roadmap for Digital Twin Technology
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6:09 Industry 4.0 Concept Introduced
The fourth industrial revolution begins in earnest in 2011 as the Industry 4.0 concept is introduced at Germany’s Hannover Messe. 

6:40 General Electric's Digital Twin for Industrial Internet
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7:02 Microsoft's Azure Digital Twins Platform
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7:25 COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates Digital Twin Adoption
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8:00 NVIDIA Omniverse Platform
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Digital twins are everywhere.

The virtual replicas of physical entities are revolutionizing industries from manufacturing to healthcare to urban planning with their advanced simulation capabilities.

Let's examine how we got here and where we may be heading.

Emerging from the aerospace and automotive industries, digital twin technology is now gaining popularity across sectors. The virtual replicas of real-world entities are used for comprehensive simulations, predictive maintenance, and virtual prototyping.

0:17 Alan Turing's Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Though it’s primarily focused on AI, Turing’s paper provides the theoretical and computational foundations necessary to build smart, data-driven virtual models of physical assets.

1:06 First Commercial Computer (UNIVAC I)
The UNIVAC, the first commercially produced computer in the United States, is released in 1951. First deployed at the US Census Bureau, the UNIVAC I offers a glimpse into the potential of computing to handle vast amounts of data quickly and accurately to solve complex problems.

1:59 Monte Carlo Simulations
Monte Carlo simulations go mainstream around 1952. The experimentation method was initially developed for the Manhattan Project efforts to create an atomic bomb during World War II.

2:10 Development of FORTRAN
In the mid-50s, IBM’s FORTRAN delivers the computational power necessary for early forms of digital modeling and simulations. Its ability to handle large-scale computations and numerical analysis advances technology required for future digital twinning.

2:37 Launch of Sputnik and Advances in Aerospace Simulation
In 1957, the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, touching off the Space Race with the United States that accelerates simulation technology. The pressure pushes scientists to develop superior computer models to predict satellite paths and behavior in space.

3:09 Digital Simulation in Aerospace
In the early 1960s, the aerospace industry begins using digital simulations to design and test aircraft.

3:22 Introduction of CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
Ivan Sutherland develops Sketchpad for computer-aided design. It revolutionizes the way engineers and designers work by enabling precise digital drawings and models.

3:33 1964 - Jay Forrester Introduces System Dynamics
In 1964, Jay Forrester introduces System Dynamics, a methodology for modeling and simulating complex systems.

3:57 1970 - Apollo 13 Lunar Mission
In April 1970, the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon almost ends tragically.

4:16 1982 - Release of Autodesk's AutoCAD
In the early 1980s, CAD software enters the mainstream.

4:45 Advancements in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Systems
Throughout the 1990s, PLM platforms integrate various tools and processes, including CAD, to ensure consistency and accuracy of data and enhanced communication across departments.

5:21 Dr. Michael Grieves Coins the Term "Digital Twin"
In 2002, Michael Grieves introduces the concept of the digital twin at a Society of Manufacturing Engineers conference in Michigan.

5:47 NASA's Strategic Roadmap for Digital Twin Technology
In 2010, NASA develops a strategic roadmap for digital twin adoption for future missions.

6:09 Industry 4.0 Concept Introduced
The fourth industrial revolution begins in earnest in 2011 as the Industry 4.0 concept is introduced at Germany’s Hannover Messe.

6:40 General Electric's Digital Twin for Industrial Internet
In 2017, General Electric introduces its digital twin technology for industrial applications.

7:02 Microsoft's Azure Digital Twins Platform
The 2018 launch of Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins platform accelerates adoption with a comprehensive cloud-based service.

7:25 COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates Digital Twin Adoption
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7:37 Siemens Xcelerator Platform
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8:00 NVIDIA Omniverse Platform
NVIDIA’s Omniverse platform, introduced in 2023, integrates AI, simulation, and photorealistic visualization technologies

8:20 Manufacturers Embrace the Industrial Metaverse
Heading into the mid-2020s, manufacturers warm up to the industrial metaverse.

8:35 2030s - Digital Twins Become More Intelligent and Autonomous

9:11 2040s - Synthetic Holos Replace Digital Twins


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