Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring robots ever released. How many have you seen?
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TV, fat, sugar, fame, fitness, youth, beauty, money, music, diet pills, alcohol, cigarettes, pot, cocaine, heroin, love, friendship, sex; what do these things have in common? Well, they aren’t exactly free. Addictions are the main theme in Requiem for a Dream, and they come in all shapes and forms. The protagonists are all heavily flawed, from the beginning, and it’s about to get much worse.
The deeper you venture, the sadder and more sinister things get. Jared Leto plays the central character. The three other protagonists are directly linked to him. Jennifer Connelly is sublime. She’s the perfect girlfriend, until shit hits the fan. His mother is popping pills to lose weight for a game show she’s been invited to. Then, there’s Leto’s best friend who grew up too fast and reminisces.
The score intensifies as problems do. The editing is a tour-de-force. Whether he’s trying to emulate a drug trip or speed time up, editor Jay Rabinowitz is always precise. Writer/director Darren Aronofsky is rhythmic and meticulous. Their work is spotless and tragically immersive. Requiem for a Dream does something very effortlessly and it does it constantly; it breaks our hearts time and again.