Robots & Horror

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?

Sweetheart

A woman has washed ashore a deserted tropical island and realizes she’s not alone.

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Imaginary
Catastrophes: 
Crash
5.04
No woman is an island...
6
4
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Ambiance
Editing
Plot
Knowing from the get-go this was horror, I was sucked in the moment I realized the movie also takes place on a deserted island. Could it be an even darker version of Cast Away? This is one woman against an island, plus an additional threat that remains unknown for a good while. We root for Kiersey Clemons’ character all along, as she struggles and through her small victories.
Some of the most stressful scenes are cut early, with no resolution and with the presumption that nothing of interest happens next anyway. The thing is, those are the moments we look forward to. They usually involve the antagonist stalking the protagonist. Now, just when you think the script gets redundant, at the beginning of the second half, variables are added and the dynamic changes.
There are so many uncertainties in this story that you might as well go for the scenery first; that gorgeous island, and appreciate how much work went into this project, knowing full well that it will go very dark, very soon. Sweetheart has its ups and downs, but it’s so intoxicating it’s worth the immersion. It goes by quickly, and, the first thing you know; the end credits roll.
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