Techno-horror is a subgenre of horror fiction that focuses on concerns with and fears of technology. The stories are often cautionary tales created during periods of rapid technological advancement that express concerns about privacy, freedom, individuality and wealth disparity. They often take place in dystopian settings.


Techno-horror focuses on how technology is either a direct force of evil, indirectly causes bad things to happen, or how it can be manipulated by people in positions of power to do evil things. It relies on elements of science fiction or fantasy, which set it apart from the techno-thriller genre.[1]


The overthrow or destruction of the human race by AI is a classic example. Others include radiation-based terror where toxic waste from technology or radio-waves create mutants and monsters out of humans. The 1968 film Night of the Living Dead has radiation from a stray nuclear experiment raising the dead.

Other stories, originating mostly in Japanese horror, involves classical terrors such as ghosts, spirits or curses propagating, traveling, or communicating via hi-tech media such as computer networks, cell phones, and cameras. Here, technology is not a threat on its own, but a conduit for dark forces. [2] The subgenre is notably most popular in the Western world and Japan[3] and was likely influenced by stories of EVPs.



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