Monday, March 15, 2010

My Favorite Killer Robot Movies


Just having watched SATURN 3 again(been a long time since I've seen it and it didn't hold up too well), I was compelled to jot down this quick list of my favorite Killer Robot films! I know I am forgetting some so please remind me! I think I may have to do a separate "Killer Machines" list to include things like MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, which I am a big fan of...

1. The Terminator(1984; James Cameron)
2. Blade Runner(1982; Ridley Scott)
3. Westworld(1973; Michael Crichton)
4.
Chopping Mall(1986; Jim Wynorski)
5.
The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951; Robert Wise)
6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day(1991; James Cameron)
7. Runaway(1984; Michael Crichton)
8. The Black Hole(1979; Gary Nelson)
9. Deadly Friend(1986; Wes Craven)
10. Small Soldiers(1998; Joe Dante)





13 comments:

raculfright_13 said...

Chopping Mall and Deadly Friend are the best!

Hal said...

Does ROCKY IV count? The robot certainly helped kill that film. :)

Jennythenipper said...

Dude I was totally joking about doing a post on this! Extra bonus points for following through on it. Huzzah.

Jennythenipper said...

Though Battlestar Galactica is pretty much the last word in killer robots for me, I'd have to put Blade Runner at the top of my list as it explores the same fine line between humanity and robots. A lot of the Data episodes in Next Gen do the same (no suprise that BSG createor wrote some of those episodes)

Is HAL a killer robot or a killer machine? What about Joshua in War Games? Do we need a killer computer list as well?

I saw Maximum Overdrive dubbed in to Polish when I was in Poland last year, amazingly it didn't really loose a thing.

Ned Merrill said...

Don't know if you've heard the full soundtrack of Elmer Bernstein's SATURN 3 that was released a few years ago...a rejected love theme from SATURN 3 became TAARNA'S theme in HEAVY METAL--truly one of Elmer's most beautiful compositions. I feel like there may even be some killer robots in HEAVY METAL.

Rupert Pupkin said...

I would probably lump evil computers(HAL, Joshua, FORBIN PROJECT etc) in with and evil machines list. I might have to write that list soon. KILLDOZER really needs to make a list!

Have not heard the full SATURN 3 score, but would like to. Very cool that they used Bernstein for HEAVY METAL! I think you may be correct about killer robots in that film and if so, it needs to be on my list for sure!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

now you need a slap!
putting WHEN TIME RAN OUT in your disaster film list! dreadful

however your blog is interesting so I will forgive you
regards
john

Rupert Pupkin said...

John, thanks for hanging with me. Yeah I can't really defend WHEN TIME RAN OUT..., just one that I think is fun amidst all the badness. Certainly doesn't hold up against much criticism. Please keep reading!
thanks!

Emily said...

You know where I stand when it comes to Superman 3...

JoeyBanks said...

If he's never had visitors, what's with the big robot Maximilian. Is it a weird domination thing or was he just built to make blended drinks?

But these are small things in the films favor... hardly enough to tip the scales..

Another great list, Rupe.

Nothing beats the basketball decapitation scene in "Deadly Friend" Written by Bruce Joel Rubin no less... it helped pay for his first house, he said.

Rupert Pupkin said...

I will never ever forget the basketball decap scene in DEADLY FRIEND. Burned onto my brain like the robot transformation in SUPERMAN III!

Rish Outfield said...

Watching DEADLY FRIEND was one of the funniest experiences I ever had watching a movie that wasn't intended to be funny.

They remake great flicks like CLASH OF THE TITANS, ELM STREET, KARATE KID, and MAC & ME, but why can't they remake awful stuff like DEADLY FRIEND?

Emily said...

Totally Rish! It's the one time I think CGI can enhance a film. Imagine that basketball death today!

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