When Gadgets Attack: Cautionary Films for the Tech-Dependent
5. The Refrigerator (1991)
Techno-threat: A killer fridge controlled by the Devil terrorizes a yuppie couple in Manhattan.
Vanquished by: Well, first Steve Bateman (Dave Simonds) tries to shove his wife Eileen (Julia McNeal) into the refrigerator, so she stabs him and the fridge eats his body when she's not looking. Then Juan the plumber comes in and bolo-ties the fridge shut, and after the Cuisinart and the trash compactor attack, he and Eileen just leave out the front door. Easy as pie!
6. The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Techno-threat: TMI -- literally, too much information. A handy man with a learning disability (Jeff Fahey) pulls a Limitless after exposure to an intelligence-boosting experiment, then goes crazy, develops superpowers, and wants to become one with the information superhighway.
Vanquished by: A virus. But that didn't stop Hollywood from making a sequel!
7. Ringu (1998)
Techno-threat: A VHS tape that kills. Also see: the American remake and sequels; Remote Control.
Vanquished by: Paying it forward. Watch the famed videotape and you have seven days to live -- unless you make a copy for someone else to watch. It's the perfect pyramid scheme for vengeful ghosts seeking to widen their reach in the world of the living.
8. The Shaft (2001)
Techno-threat: A sophisticated elevator starts messing with people by chopping off heads and limbs and getting stuck between floors on purpose. Remade in English from the 1983 Dutch film De Lift AKA The Elevator.
Vanquished by: A pre-Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, who figures out how to destroy the mad scientist-created brain that is controlling the evil elevator. Seriously, this movie happened.
9. FeardotCom (2002)
Techno-threat: An evil website possessed by the vengeful spirit of a murder victim scares people literally to death within 48 hours of logging on. Also see: Kairo/Pulse.
Vanquished by: Freeing said internet-savvy ghost from her dot com domain. Which, incidentally, is Feardotcom.com. How does that make any sense?
See how much we all learned, kids? Now, since VHS is obsolete and the Devil only seems to possess refrigerators in flea-bitten New York City apartments, just stay away from evil toasters, cell phones, elevators, robots, websites, and the internet and you should be just fine.
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