When you think of evil movie computers, 2001: A Space Odyssey comes immediately to mind. But HAL is just a naughty schoolboy compared to some of its colleagues. Here are the most diabolical machines to ever grace the silver screen.
And you thought the BSOD was bad.
The omnipotent main computer in Logan's Run (1976) controls the 23rd-century city where the remnants of human civilisation live. No one is allowed to live past 30 to help keep overpopulation in check. Image: MGM
The Master Control Program, the main antagonist of "Tron" (1982). MCP ruled the world inside ENCOM's mainframe computer system, and had the evil ambition to dominate the whole world. Image: Buena Vista
The Matrix, the Machines, the Source, Deux Ex Machina, the merciless antagonists of humanity in the Matrix trilogy (1999) whatever you want. Too bad it turned out their greatest weapon is boring you to death. Image: Warner Brothers
In the 2005 movie Stealth, the F/A-37 Talon (a fictional fighter jet) and its onboard computer cause serious problems, up to and including a near-nuclear war. Image: Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements/U.S. Navy
Say what you will about Superman III, but there's no arguing the effectiveness of a computer that's smart, strong, and armed with a kryptonite laser. Image: Warner Bros via Santa Banta
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