How Mother/Android Adds a Horror Twist to the Robot Apocalypse

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Mother/Android, now streaming on Hulu.

One of the most intriguing things Mother/Android did was not focus too much on the androids that killed folks in America, turning the country into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Instead, the film hinged on a pregnant Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her boyfriend, Sam (Algee Smith), as they tried to get to Boston for her to give birth at a military haven. However, while it was a lot more character-driven, diving deep into their problems as a couple and worries for their kid in this dark world, the film had a welcomed breath of fresh air by adding a horror twist to the robot apocalypse.

It was hinted at early on in Mother/Android when a robotic butler turned on people at a party Georgia and Sam were at. Rather than using weapons or tech, it came off like the most basic Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers attack, choking, breaking bones and slamming people into walls. Later, when the couple got to the woods, the bots came off like rabid zombies, speeding after them on foot while they were on a motorbike. It was reminiscent of possessed monsters or zombies snarling in World War Z or Zack Snyder's zombie flicks, even evoking Train to Busan.

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But outside of that high-intensity chase, Mother/Android crafted something more cerebral when Sam got kidnapped and taken to an abandoned house where other humans were kept. Georgia met Arthur, a scientist who gave her a jacket to make her invisible to the bots, and when she went in to retrieve her true love, Mother/Android became a total horror show. Set in silence as Georgia crept around, the bots stalked, slouched and trudged around on guard, mimicking walkers from The Walking Dead.

The dark lighting allowed their eyes to glow blue, but what made the aesthetic pop even more was that most of their faces were burnt off from wars in the woods. The image brings to mind Two-Face from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, damaged but still thirsty for blood. The fact that they were already seen feeding on people like vampires and zombies and also crushing Sam's feet by kicking them with their metal frames so he'd shut up simply added a lot more of that terrifying mystique.

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To top it off, Georgia had to cover her mouth so they wouldn't hear her, evoking Alien, Signs, War of the Worlds and other horror stories where the monster was next to the protagonist. It grounded the androids more, as they relied on sight, sound and scent, to the point that they felt more human as killers. This added a lot more tension, suspension and apprehension to create a more haunting vibe, scaring and intimidating Georgia beyond belief rather than being simply soldiers chasing her in the forest.

See how the androids are depicted as more horror than action in Mother/Android, now streaming on Hulu.

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