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The 9 Best Techno Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


Techno-horror is a particularly terrifying genre of film, especially when you watch it in 2022. It takes the technology we’ve grown accustomed to, permeating our lives – in how we work, how we communicate, how we have fun – and mixing it up with some of our worst fears. What if a demon starts wreaking havoc on a Zoom call with friends? What if dying in a video game meant dying in real life?

Many of you already know the tastes of black mirror, the dystopian television show. Other genre favorites include David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and even the cult holiday classic Gremlins. But there are a plethora of movies under the radar that are at least as capable of scaring you (or at least making you shiver in your gaming chair while looking at your Roomba from the side).

If you’re looking for more horror movies, check out our favorites on Prime Video, netflix and HBO Max.

Stay alive (2006)

Your video game is haunted, and it’s out to get you.

Available to rent on Apple TV+, Youtube, Amazon Prime, Vudu

Existence (1999)

Cronenberg tackles virtual reality.

Available to stream on Paramount+ and to rent on Amazon Premier

Host (2020)

A Zoom session brings unwanted guests.

Available to stream on quiver and rent on Amazon Premier

Research (2020)

John Cho is a father whose daughter has gone missing, and he’s using the internet (accurately and credibly) to try to find her.

Available to stream on IMDBtv through Amazon Prime

Impulse (2001)

The dead are reaching out via the internet… and they’re going too far.

Available to stream on Hoopla and Kanopy for students or library card holders

The ghost in the machine (1993)

A serial killer is zapped on the internet and turns your smart home into smart hell.

Available to stream on HBO Max

Tetsuo the iron man (1989)

Body horror about a man slowly transformed into a machine.

Available to stream on Arrow

Countdown (2019)

An app knows when you die.

Available to stream on Hulu

Maximum overdrive (1986)

Stephen King uses so much cocaine, and now we’re scared of tractor-trailers.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime, Google, Apple TV+, Youtube, Vudu

For more movie recommendations, check out our list of best sci-fi movies on Prime Video and on netflix. If you’re more of a fantasy fan, here are the best fantasy movies on HBO Max. Plus, here’s our pick for the best streaming service of 2022.

CNET

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