Top 15 Networkiest Horror Films

If you dare, check out our picks for the spookiest flicks to use network technology to terrorize. Plus, let us know what your favorite fright flicks are.

Top 15 Networkiest Horror Films

Technology in horror films has become as standard as a knife through the shower scene, or the victim not escaping no matter how loud we yell at the screen.  Check out our top picks for some of the creepiest flicks to incorporate technology to frighten us all.  Plus, at the end share your favorite picks for our Readers' Choice version.

Computer Killers

Release date: 1973 (UK)

Director: Anthony Balch | Screenplay: Anthony Balch & Alan Watson | Cast: Robin Askwith (Jason Jones), Michael Gough (Dr Christian Storm), Vanessa Shaw (Judy Peters), Ellen Pollock (Aunt Harris), Skip Martin (Frederick), Kurt Christian (Abraham Warren), Dennis Price (Mr Pollack)

Plot: Feeling burned-out, rock musician Jason Jones signs up with a backstreet package holiday firm who send him to Brittlehurst Manor, a countryside sanitarium run by Dr Christian Storm who promises to overcome any hangup within a week. But there Jason and the niece of Storm's wife discover that Storm is turning other inmates into computer-controlled zombies and that he hunts down all who try to escape in his deadly Rolls Royce.

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Resident Evil

Release date: 2002

Director/Screenplay: Paul W.S. Anderson | Cast: Milla Jovovich (Alice), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain), Martin Crewes (Kaplan), Eric Mabius (Matt), James Purefoy (Spence), Colin Salmon (One), Pasquale Aliardi (J.D.)

Plot: A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse , Resident Evil: Extinction

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Runaway

Release date: 1984

Director/Screenplay: Michael Crichton | Cast: Tom Selleck (Sergeant Jack Ramsey), Cynthia Rhodes (Karen Thompson), Gene Simmons (Charles Luther), Kirstie Alley (Jackie Rogers), Stan Shaw (Marvin), GW Bailey (Chief), Joey Cramer (Bobby Ramsey)

Plot: Jack Ramsey is a sergeant with the Runaway Squad - a police emergency unit that has been created to deal with amok robots. Ramsey discovers that a spate of near-fatal robot accidents have all been deliberately set up and the robots re-engineered with advanced new componentry chips. The trail leads him to wanted electronics genius Charles Luther. But when Ramsey obtains the templates that Luther needs for his chips, Luther comes after Ramsey with his killer robots.

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Stay Alive

Release date: 2006

Director: Brent Bell | Screenplay: Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman | Cast: Frankie Muniz, Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Sophia Bush, Jimmi Simpson, Adam Goldberg

Plot: After the mysterious brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of Stay Alive, a next generation horror survival videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman known as "The Blood Countess."


Demon Seed

Release date: 1977

Director: Donald Cammell | Screenplay: Roger O. Hirson & Robert J. Jaffe | Cast: Julie Christie (Susan Harris), Robert Vaughn (Voice of Proteus), Fritz Weaver (Alex Harris), Gerrit Graham (Walter Gabler), Dana Laurita (Amy)

Plot: As soon as it is activated by its creator Alex Harris, the super-computer Proteus IV starts to question orders and becomes uncontrollable. Alex shuts down all terminals to try and stop it. But he forgets about the one in his estranged wife Susan's house. Desiring to experience what it is to be human, Proteus takes the house over, making Susan its prisoner and then impregnating her and forcing her to bear its child.

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The Ring

Release date: 2001

Director: Gore Verbinski | Screenplay: Ehren Kruger (based on the novel by Kôji Suzuki) | Cast: Naomi Watts (Rachel Keller), Martin Henderson (Noah), Brian Cox (Richard Morgan), David Dorfman (Aidan Keller), Amber Tamblyn (Katie Embry), Rachael Bella (Becca), Jane Alexander (Dr Grasnik), Lindsay Frost (Ruth Embry), Daveigh Chase (Samara Morgan), Shannon Cochrane (Anna Morgan)

Plot: A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Sequels: The Ring 2

Original Japanese film series: Ringu , Ringu 2 , Ringu 0: Birthday ; Ring: Spiral

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Phone

Release date: 2005

Director/Screenplay: Byeong-ki Ahn | Cast: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim

Plot: Soon after Ji-won gets a new cell phone, her friend's young daughter, Yeong-ju, puts it to her ear and immediately begins screaming in terror. When other strange things start happening in connection with the phone, Ji-Won does some investigating and discovers that of the people before her who had the same number, almost all of them died suddenly under unusual circumstances. As Yeong-ju's behavior becomes increasingly alarming, Ji-won digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the number's first owner, a high school girl named Jin-hie.

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White Noise

Release date: 2005

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Screenplay: Niall Johnson | Cast: Michael Keaton, Deborah Unger, Ian McNeice, Chandra West, Colin Chapin, Anastasia Corbett

Plot: A successful architect, Jonathan Rivers, peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna. Jonathan is eventually contacted by a man, who claims to be receiving messages from Anna through E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena) At first skeptical, Jonathan then becomes convinced of the messages validity, and is soon obsessed with trying to contact her on his own. His further explorations into E.V.P. and the accompanying supernatural messages unwittingly open a door to another world, allowing something uninvited into his life.

Sequel: White Noise 2: The Light

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When A Stranger Calls

Release date: 2006

Director: Simon West | Screenplay: Jake Wade Wall | Cast: Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Brian Geraghty, John Bobek, Molly Bryant, Madeline Carroll, David Denman, Kate Jennings

Plot: A high-school student traumatized while babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?" After notifying the police, she is told that the calls are coming from inside the house.

Original version: When a Stranger Calls (1979)

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Pulse

Release date: 2006

Director: Jim Sonzero | Screenplay: Wes Craven, Ray Wright, & Stephen Susco | Cast: Kristen Bell, Steve Talley, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Corryn Cummins, Joseph Gatt, Rick Gonzalez, Samm Levine

Plot: When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Sequel: Pulse 2: Afterlife

Original version: Kairo (2001)

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Cell

Release date: 2008?

Director: Eli Roth | Screenplay: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski | Cast: TBD

Plot: King's novel is a throwback to his early apocalyptic horror novels. In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie.

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Feardotcom

Release date: 2002

Director: Williame Malone | Screenplay: Josephine Coyle | Cast: Stephen Dorff, Natasha McElhone, Stephen Rea

Plot: Four bodies are found in New York City. Why, why, why? The coincidence? They all died 48 hours after logging on to a site named feardotcom.com. Tough detective Mike Reilly collaborates with Department of Health associate Terry Huston to research these mysterious deaths. The only way to find out though what really happened is to enter the site itself.

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One Missed Call

Release date: 2003

Director: Takashi Miike | Screenplay: Yasushi Akimoto & Minako Daira | Cast: Kou Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Renji Ishibashi

Plot: A college student misses a cell phone call, but when she checks her messages she listens to herself getting murdered three days in the future.

U.S. remake scheduled for January 4, 2008

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The Signal

Release date: 2007

Directors/Screenplay: David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush | Cast: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaugua, Cheri Christian

Plot: A mysterious signal is being transmitted from all media devices and networks in the city of Terminus, provoking murder and madness within the psyches of its inhabitants. In The Signal, one man battles to save the woman he loves from the vehemence of her crazed husband. But, in order to succeed, he must first determine who he can trust in a city where everyone appears to have succumbed to the violence of the signal - including himself.

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Terminator

Release date: 1984

Director: James Cameron | Screenplay: James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd | Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen

Plot: A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.  Skynet reigns as the scariest server yet.

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