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Plot: A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 30 Sep 1977
Susan Harris Julie Christie , wife of a scientist working in the field of advanced robotics, becomes a prisoner in her own home when super-computer Proteus IV, who also wants to spread its seed by impregnating Susan, takes charge of her life. I rented "Demon Seed" because I felt like watching something with a brain, and based on a lot of positive IMDb reviews, I was praying for a smart sci-if flick. My prayers were answered. The acting in Demon Seed is fine. Robert Vaughn was creepy as hell as Proteus IV, both sinister and relaxed at the same time, in fact he does an even better <more>
job as an evil computer here than Douglas Rain did as HAL-9000 in 2001: A space Odyssey. The film benefits greatly from an intelligent screenplay, penned by Robert Jaffe and Roger O. Hirson. The dialog is thought provoking and thankfully never really insults the audience's intelligence.Helming the director's seat is Donald Cammell, who directs with a firm hand and injects a claustrophobic and uncomfortable atmosphere into the film, also managing to maintain the suspense scenes well. Interestingly, he apparently condones the film assuming that calling the film a 'piece of sh*t' warrants that . As others have pointed out there are some dated aspects to the production. The special effects were sparse but thoroughly unconvincing, the only exception being the mesmerizing computer screens that consist of ever-changing shapes and colors that are shown on Proteus's computer terminal. The film takes place in the 'distant' future1995, I believeyet it looks like it's right out of the 70's, no thanks to the cars, clothing, computers and hair styles that give away the films age. This is a small complaint but an annoying one, though it's easy to ignore once you get involved with the story line."Demon Seed" is an intelligent sci-fi film that's pretty rare but if you happen to see a copy of it, pick it up if you're in the mood for something smart.7.5/10.
This is THE sci-fi film of the seventies (by trondbj)
I admit it,I have been seduced by this sci-fi classic, there isn`t much to say, except this: DEMON SEED IS A MUST SEE!. Demon Seed contains critical and political views on the technology in the future. With an megalomanic computer which are taking over an house, and even get pregnant with the human lady of the house played by Julie Christie this movie contains suspense at the best. The computer takes over the house....but will the computer which is called Proteus,if I remember correctly take over the world...the answer is within each viewer. Not unlike Hal in 2001 the error is caused...as <more>
always by human behaviour.The director of this masterpiece; Cammell, deserves a lot of credits for Demon Seed. The movie is a golden moment in the film history!
What a great movie! Let's see, what do we have here... First of all, great actors. Julie Christie is not only a real beauty to watch, her fantastic performance as the impulsive and emotional wife that is very wise in her way really rocks. Fritz Weaver is also perfect as the rather emotionaly cold scientist and the rest of the cast also performs very well in its rather small roles. Please take special note of the Asian actress the linguist of the team , too bad she hasn't much scenes. The voice of Proteus Who's that actor by the way? I've never heard of him. is perfect in <more>
its calmness and menace. The script is a masterpiece - Proteus' and Christie's battle of wills and points of view is fantastic. Proteus as the non-emotional perfectly logical genius that realises that there must be more "eternity does exist, but the price of admission, death, is too high for me to pay" and Christie as the emotional woman full of wits "how do you want to understand humans when they can't even understand each other?" she asks Proteus . Proteus is not mean per se for example he makes strong points for the saving of the enviroment when he refuses to do certain tasks , he is just purely logical at the beginning and tries to break out of his small nutshell, also because he is treated like a slave by the scientist that invented him - Proteus seems to have became capable of feelings. The directing is great, it's always a pleasure to watch the wonderful camera angles and editing of this movie. The computer animations may look dated now but that doesn't rob them of their timeless beauty. The electronic music is great and really enhances the experience of watching this movie. A soundtrack album has been recently released by FSM, go and get it! The ending is wonderfully creepy Proteus made the child resemble the dead daughter! but one really wonders what will happen. Because of the strong points Proteus made for saving the enviroment is doesn't seem to be altogether bad to have somebody like him as a human, but what else will he want to have - complete domination of the world? Wonderful food for thougths and since the whole movie isn't the usual easy understandable just-switch-your-brain-off-and-be-scared Hollywood crap it isn't surprising that some people find it to be extremely dumb - the movie just throws your own numbness or even dumbness back on you if you aren't open minded or still have a good taste. A rare treasure that really deserves a release on DVD! Especially today with the discussion about increasing involvement of computers in our daily life this movie is more worth watching than ever, also because of the wonderful dialogues and the questions that are asked.
I watched this one yesterday and all I can say is:wow!Very clever,intelligent and stylish horror/sci-fi with some memorable visuals and lots of suspense.Julie Christie "Don't Look Now" is excellent in the lead role,and Donald Cammell's direction is well-handled.The film is pretty hard to find,so if you get a chance watch it!9 out of 10-a must-see!
Artificial Insemination (by ThyDavideth)
Demon Seed is about a self aware A.I. computer who sexually terrorises a woman and wants to breed with her. Wow! This movie was great. The very conception of technological terror is what stimulates my wee-wee with movies like this. I love the dialogue of the computer, the way it articulates its desires to become a physical being away from its hollow existence. Added is the horror elements which gives it more "spunk". Duh hut! Other things, the acting was good, the cyber-punk elements were good even by late 70s standards and all that $#!+. The pacing was a little slow but it <more>
doesn't ruin the movie one bit. Highest recommendation.
"Everything Is Reasonable!"... "When Are You Going To Let Me Out Of This Box?!"... (by azathothpwiggins)
DEMON SEED stars Julie Christie DON'T LOOK NOW as Susan Harris, who's brilliant husband, Alex Fritz Weaver- CREEPSHOW has designed an organic, artificially intelligent super computer called PROTEUS. A "thinking" computer is seen as a wonderful tool, able to do all of the tedious tasks that man has had to grapple with for so long. PROTEUS will do the "dirty work", freeing mankind for less mundane, more fulfilling endeavors. At least, that's the idea. The Harris' are in the middle of a separation, due to an inability to agree on what is truly important in <more>
life. Alex moves out, leaving Susan to live in their fortress-like home, which is a "smart home", wired for every contingency. One day, PROTEUS decides that it wants to do things its own way, rather than worry about the humans who created it. So, after absorbing all the knowledge it requires, PROTEUS simply stops taking orders. Soon enough, PROTEUS infiltrates the Harris house, using its systems to enable it to fulfill its true objective. The rest is a battle for survival / supremacy between Susan and the Deep Mind that needs her for its plan to work. Voiced by Robert Vaughn, PROTEUS is pretty creepy from the first time it "speaks". Ms. Christie's character carries 90% of the movie, exhibiting suspicion, terror, and growing desperation. A classic, rather prescient 70's sci-fi / horror film, it somehow escapes much of the cheeeze that could have made it a joke. Instead, it holds up fairly well. Watching a human being attempt to reason w/ PROTEUS is chilling, since it has no capacity for emotion, and is focused entirely on its ultimate goal. There's also a very interesting "helper" constructed by PROTEUS that makes a -smashing- debut! Highly recommended...
This is a truly classic science fiction film, and it was actually way ahead of it's time when it was released back in 1977. The topic of artificial intelligence is still very relevant today, and just one look at Eagle Eye is proof enough. Everything about this film is top notch: directing, acting, script, score, cinematography, etc. are all first-rate. I was very sad when I looked for it on DVD a few years back and could not locate it. Fortunately, it is now available in DVD format. I also echo the sentiments of another reviewer who commented on the sad demise of director Donald Cammell, <more>
who was extremely talented but misunderstood. Another interesting film directed by Cammell in his later years is White of The Eye, which was released in 1987. It is a suspense thriller about a serial killer on the loose in Arizona, and it stars David Keith in a great performance. Check it out, and definitely check out Demon Seed if you haven't seen it already. You won't regret it. 8 Stars.
How far should we take computer AI? (by Lazarus-4)
A computer which is so intelligent that it decides that it must reproduce to survive, and so decides to take on human form by impregnating a human female. I don't believe any other film has ever gone to this extreme to show how creating artificial intelligence in a machine could impact human life. The only competitor since is the Terminator series. Worth a viewing if ever it is on tv, or as a rental.
Decent 70's sci-fi/horror hybrid that's well worth investigating! (by talisencrw)
I had only known of the eccentric, ill-fated director Donald Cammell by going through Kenneth Anger's provocative short films collections and seeing Cammell act, early in his career, in Anger's 'Lucifer Rising'. Here, Julie Christie was both gorgeous and eerily convincing in a bizarre hybrid of 'Rosemary's Baby' with sci-fi elements reminiscent of 'Colossus: The Forbin Project'.The unique atmosphere and directorial integrity alone are worth the price of admission here. Well worth both purchasing and re-watching for the cinematically adventurous connoisseurs <more>
out there. It's a crying shame that Cammell chose to end his life, and didn't make more works that pushed the boundaries of contemporary American cinema.