Demon Seed

Demon Seed

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Director: Donald Cammell

Cast: Donald Cammell, Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerritt Graham

     
 

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Adapted from a lesser-known novel from SF/Horror author Dean R. Koontz, this claustrophobic thriller presents a computerized nemesis incorporating the murderous elements of 2001's HAL with the world-domination goal of the title villain in Colossus: The Forbin Project. Brilliant cybernetics expert Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) develops a revolutionary…  See more details below

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Adapted from a lesser-known novel from SF/Horror author Dean R. Koontz, this claustrophobic thriller presents a computerized nemesis incorporating the murderous elements of 2001's HAL with the world-domination goal of the title villain in Colossus: The Forbin Project. Brilliant cybernetics expert Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) develops a revolutionary new supercomputer dubbed Proteus IV (voice of Robert Vaughn, uncredited) which is capable of almost human self-awareness and capacity for intellectual growth. Unfortunately for Alex and his wife Susan (Julie Christie), Proteus is also imbued with a very human desire to grow beyond the limitations of his own knowledge -- as well as to escape the isolation of the laboratory -- and taps into the home terminals of the Harris' high-tech dream house, in which he makes Susan a virtual prisoner. As she is put through a tortuous series of physical and mental tests, the Proteus mainframe takes severe steps to prevent any interference -- even resorting to the murder of Harris' assistant (Gerrit Graham). Susan's confusion eventually turns to dread when she begins to realize Proteus' true intentions... to evolve beyond mere circuitry and assume a human form by impregnating her with his "seed." Despite the lurid premise, this is probably the most conventional effort from controversial director Donald Cammell (Performance, Wild Side), and the film's theme of the computer's ominously pervasive role in human affairs -- in this case forcing its way into our bodies as well as our lives -- seems oddly prescient today. Christie's convincing performance makes the most of a role which has her shouting at the walls and ceiling for two-thirds of the movie.

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The plot for Demon Seed might lead some viewers to expect a bizarre mixture of sci-fi and sexploitation, but the film itself is much more restrained and intelligent than one might think. The script does an above-average job of making its unusual premise believable and crafts a strong, genuinely intriguing female protagonist in Susan Harris. Julie Christie lives up to this demanding role with a carefully nuanced performance that makes her sympathetic, and Robert Vaughn also turns in some fine work with his subtly menacing voice characterization for Proteus IV. However, Demon Seed suffers some problems in the area of pacing. Donald Cammell's direction establishes a creepy, antiseptic "futuristic" atmosphere, but allows the film's midsection to meander with some overly intellectuallized conversations between Susan and Proteus IV. Despite this problem, the film recovers nicely for an ending that is equal parts The Twilight Zone and David Lynch-ish weirdness. To sum up, Demon Seed is too unusual and erratically paced for the average viewer, but hits a combination of intelligence and eccentricity that is bound to intrigue cult movie buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0883316397060
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
10,389

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Christie Susan Harris
Fritz Weaver Alex Harris
Gerritt Graham Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger Petrosian
Lisa Lu Soon Yen
Larry Blake Cameron
Dana Laurita Amy
Robert Vaughn Proteus IV, the Computer
Ron Hays Actor
John O'Leary Royce
Alfred Dennis Mokr-i
David Roberts Warner
E. Hampton Beagle Night Operator
Michael Glass Technician
Barbara O. Jones Technician
Harold Oblong Scientist
Georgie Paul Housekeeper
Michelle Stacy Marlene
Felix Silla Baby
Michael Dorn Bit
Patricia Wilson Mrs. Trabert

Technical Credits
Donald Cammell Director
Grant Bassett Animator
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Edward C. Carfagno Production Designer
Don L. Cash Makeup
Sandy Cole Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Richard L. Froman Animator
Bo Gehring Animator
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Ron Hays Animator,Special Effects
Roger O. Hirson Screenwriter
Joie Hutchinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Jaffe Producer
Robert Jaffe Screenwriter
Steven Charles Jaffe Associate Producer
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Frank Mazzola Editor
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Bucky Ross Costumes/Costume Designer
Bucky Rous Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Shull Casting
Edward Teets Asst. Director

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Demon Seed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie when it came on t.v. late one night when there was nothing else on that was worth watching. It was okay, but I was a little disappointed with it. Please read the book first.