Friday Flicks: The Delightfully Twisted ABE

I don't think I can let you do that Dave...
I don’t think I can let you do that Dave…
We've all encountered a robot story of some kind at some point. Or at least we are all aware of the premise. Man creates machine, gives machine life, and then said machine eventually goes about removing man from the face of the planet. It's been that way since Madame Shelly wrote The Monster into all of our nightmares. But what happens when the machine isn't bent on genocide, but instead settles for simple homicide?

Below is the short film called ABE. It is the story of a robot with a voice quite similar to HAL 9000 and who is quite creepily and convincingly a serial killer. What is interesting is that it strips away every single ounce of humanity from what a lot of us think of when we think of sociopaths and psychopaths. I love the detachment that the robot manages, and it somehow makes the driving force behind a show like Dexter more real by introducing a machine instead of another human. Thoughts?


  1. Clare 2e

    Great film. At the first appearance of the illusory butterfly, I thought of John Fowles’ The Collector.

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