Share Tweet Submit Pin Quick: Robots are a mainstay of the genre for good reason: And they carry with them all the wonder, hubris, hope and dread that that drive compels. Before we begin, some ground rules: Androids, cyborgs and intelligent automatons in general.
With apologies to HAL, J. The robot must have some kind of body—typically humanoid in shape though minor exceptions regarding shape for especially awesome robots may appear. The entries must have appeared in a theatrically released movie. With additional apologies to all the Benders and cylons in pop culture, the focus here is on iconic film robots. Ro-Man, Robot Monster Ro-Man, for all intents and purposes, is like the patron saint of the cheesy movie monster.
The film intended to portray Ro-Man as a more stereotypical-looking robot, but giant budgetary shortcomings, coupled with a year-old first-time director, meant that things went just the tiniest bit astray.
Unlike other robots who made the cut due to a novel look, this entry was done so with the greatest possible hesitancy. Bubo, Clash of the Titans Honestly, as is the case with many of the lower-rung denizens of this list, Bubo could almost be left off with no real harm done. Added bonus—along with the Kraken and all the other monsters of the film, Bubo is part of the package that represents the final effects work of Ray Harryhausen. Gigolo Joe, Teddy, A. The Colossus, The Colossus of New York Yet another Frankenstein-y tale involving brain transplant into a robotic body—with only the noblest of intention, of course!
Hey, the guy does have mind-control powers and laser eyes, after all. But the easily dismissible Dreamworks animated CGI movie can at least boast recommendation for its busy, colorful world inhabited by its delightful, energetic cartoon robot creations—all of them unique designs, rather than mass-manufactured. The T-X Termanatrix , Terminator 3: Elle and Other Robots, Starcrash Starcrash is practically a miracle of low-budget, terrible filmmaking.
Those fans, though, have to recognize that the plot is both impossibly stupid and overly complicated at the same time, no matter how pretty it is. Otomo, Robocop 3 How awesome cyborg justice machine Robocop fighting robot ninja could end up so boring is, perhaps, as big a mystery as how screenwriter Frank Miller could go from celebrated Daredevil writer and the guy behind The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City to paranoid, screed-based work like Holy Terror and director of the execrable adaptation of The Spirit.
The Otomo—robotic, katana-wielding ninja who are somehow more than a match for Robocop—are nevertheless the only conceptually noteworthy thing in this Peter Weller-less sequel. Built-in dialup modem included! Other than itself, though, the monstrous B. And while the marvelous visual artistry of the original short remains intact, after being blown up from 11 to 80 minutes, the sinister B.
It turns out the answers to the mysteries from the short were never as interesting as the questions. Salvation On the whole, Terminator: Out of everyone in the film, Worthington— surprisingly—demonstrates himself to be a capable actor in the midst of the endless gray rubble.
You just need to cast him correctly … like, say, as a robot. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, they were a perfect aesthetic fit for the groovy spirit of the film. Stupid people including actual adult characters, not just teens! By design, they appear fairly unintimidating. That is, until they incinerate the trespassers with military hardware lasers.
Have a nice day. Fresh at the time, and rendered with the appropriate psychotic menace by Crowe, SID 6. There may have been some recent, mildly successful movie involving wars around a star or something, too. A Space Odyssey, as well as a very close no-show by Leonard Nimoy—the fact that The Motion Picture emerged as anything at all striking is a testament to the enduring Trek tradition of delivering big ideas.
So try to control yourself, Kirk. Living in a future world where robots and humans coexist, Astro Boy was the robot replacement for Dr. Robot spiders, Runaway This Michael Crichton-written-and-directed flop was little more than a warmed-over Blade Runner clone. Honestly, though, the real reason these cheap-looking props made this list is because the little bastards kill Simmons in the end, which is quite gratifying, since he is an authentically horrible human being.
Mandroid, Eliminators Time travel! With so much awesome going for Eliminators, it barely matters how terrible the movie is! I mean, look at our heroic cyborg—that dude can become a tank as soon as you start getting bored! And it just goes to show Marvel Studios that Bonebreaker can be done on the silver screen! If they get desperate! It was even voiced by Dick Tufeld, the voice of the original B Hey, it could happen. Squat and round, he has no mouth in the film adaptation and—get this—speaks directly out of his mustache somehow.
Hell of a day, innit? How cool are those robots, though? They really look, move and feel authentic, and seem a more-than-realistic glimpse into the future of urban pacification.
The titular Devil Girl, Commander Nyah, employs the twin tactics of ray gun and a robotic enforcer, Chani, in coercing the small Scottish village to bend to her will. Now, Chani does look quite ridiculous; he resembles little more than a walking refrigerator with sadly paralyzed arms. So why is this stumbling joke on the list? That thing was actually built and functioned if poorly as an entirely automated robot. AMEE, Red Planet Despite a crackerjack cast and a decent premise for sci-fi horror, Red Planet very much deserved to land in theaters with the deafening silence it did.
Full of unintentionally hilarious deaths and ideas that never really came together, the movie did have one element that worked: Exec produced by Steven Spielberg and co. Thankfully, the police state of the future is evidently more incompetent than him.
They roll out of the machine on an assembly line, bulletproof, invincible and chock full of feminine wiles. The prospect of the gold bikini-wearing fembots is of course the carrot on a stick intended to goad audiences into the theater, and their array of powers will almost make you forget how demeaning the film is for every woman in it. But they are also a big part of the fun, providing personality and slapstick to the proceedings.
And even if you make it past the human assassins, you could still wind up face-to-grill with Box, the magnificently melodramatic robot who ran out of fish!
And protein from the sea! Along with possessing the murderous, rape-y mind of its creator, Benson Keitel , it was large and humanoid in shape … except the damn thing had no head.
Proteus creates a couple robots as an extension of itself, but nothing that could technically qualify for this list, at least until the end.
The ghastly, icky end. But seeing as how the films were meant to be a live-action comic book the studio was unable to secure the rights to Superman , the resulting aesthetic was elegantly appropriate in fitting the material.
Spider robots, Minority Report Spiders are freaky creatures in and of themselves. Give them a metallic sheen plus the ability to zero in on specific targets and they become downright terrifying.
Should the spiders end up scanning his retinas, he will be permanently blinded. In the grand tradition of Spielberg characters narrowly escaping detection from dangerous creatures see the raptors in Jurassic Park and the alien probe in War of the Worlds , audiences are left chewing their collective fingernails as the creatures move closer and closer towards our hero.
In a film filled with nightmarish future tech, the spider robots are probably the ones most likely to actively give you nightmares. In this case, that function is Vaudeville! What would you do with the most miraculous technological marvel heralding a new age of scientific discovery?! One such debt would have to include the visual construct of a small army of robots, created and controlled as weapons against our intrepid space adventurer.
The ability to go intangible or rock hard, to fly, to fire a heat beam from his gem, super-strength … all in the basic stats of this guy. Only the recentness of his Big Screen debut keeps him from being higher on the list.
For example, the following entry on this list! What a shame their inventor had only the limited imagination to use his dozens of mass destruction machines to rob banks. Think bigger, evil scientist-man! Like any other self-respecting murderous robot from the s, these machines came equipped with pinchy hooks and face-mounted death rays. Never mind that one is very nearly defeated by a staircase; an abandoned Chicago is a bad place to try holding off these boxy aggressors.
The only thing that could have made things worse was if they were trapped in Wrigleyville! Alien robots, The Earth Dies Screaming In addition to boasting one of the most awesome titles for a movie ever, this end-of-the-world British sci-fi thriller contains a legitimately unique strain of robotic death machine. First, they gas the planet, killing the majority of the entire population.
Then, they just walk around, looking for survivors. They then let their zombies monsters pre-dating Night of the Living Dead, just FYI do the rest of the extermination for them. The first film in the series still works so well as both a sci-fi action flick and a classic kung fu yarn because the mythology it suggests is so much more compelling than the one actually shown in the sequels. When it comes to the machine empire that actually controls the broken remains of Earth, the Sentinels are really the only aspect of it we regularly see in The Matrix.
Based on Philip K. But its titular robot monsters definitely make an impression—they start out, basically, as burrowing, lizard-shaped chainsaws, but their advanced A. That poor, war-orphaned kid? Yeah, your compassion will immediately turn into regret-horror when he finally opens his mouth for real.
While Alex—and the script—goes further down the intergalactic rabbit hole, his robot doppelganger keeps up appearances on the home front, including with the girlfriend, until the game combat turns IRL, and they must team up to save humanity.
He was made to look scary. He resembles nothing less than a metal demon or gargoyle.