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Demon Seed

Demon Seed – 1977
Never was a woman violated as profanely… Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this… Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny…
Donald Cammell

Dean R. Koontz (novel)
Robert Jaffe and
Roger O. Hirson

Herb Jaffe producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe associate producer (as Steven C. Jaffe)

Julie Christie – Susan Harris
Fritz Weaver – Alex Harris
Gerrit Graham – Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger – Petrosian
Lisa Lu – Soon Yen
Larry J. Blake – Cameron
John O’Leary – Royce
Alfred Dennis – Mokri
Davis Roberts – Warner
Patricia Wilson – Mrs. Trabert
E. Hampton Beagle – Night Operator
Michael Glass – Technician #1
Barbara O. Jones – Technician #2
Dana Laurita – Amy
Monica MacLean – Joan Kemp
Peter Elbling – Scientist (as Harold Oblong)
Georgie Paul – Housekeeper
Michelle Stacy – Marlene/Child of Proteus
Tiffany Potter – Baby
Felix Silla – Baby
Michael Dorn – Bit
Robert Vaughn – Proteus IV (voice)

Review by Sven Soetemans

Artificial Intelligence Terrorism,
Demon Seed is a solid, independent science fiction thriller, regretfully overshadowed by the tragic fade of its director Donald Cammell. He was a devoted filmmaker who never really could depend on much support from both critics and distributors. His career started in a minor key, with `Performance’ suffering from a lot of re-editing. Similar problems with his last film `Wild Side’ drove him into committing suicide.
Don’t let the technical mumbo-jumbo at the beginning of `Demon Seed’ trick you…The first half hour leads you to believe this film is a theoretical suspense-thriller but in fact, the premise is more simple and appealing to a wider audience.

`Proteus’ is the name of a super computer, designed by scientist Alex Harris, in order to help him with his research. Yet, Proteus is so smart he soon develops an own will. Continuously growing stronger, Proteus perpetrates Alex’s house and keeps his wife as a hostage. Proteus’s goal is to impregnate Suzan (Julie Chrisie)…

Proteus is like a feared computer-virus in a pre-internet era! A super computer thinking & handling for itself! Which is, according to me, a very successful horror formula. The absence of a villain in the shape of a man helps increasing the tension. The setting of the over-protected house is great and causes uncomfortable feelings of claustrophobia.

Julie Christie (the female star of `Don’t Look Now’) is great and almost carries the entire film. The visual effects in `Demon Seed’ may look a bit dated by now, but the film still contains one of the greatest decapitations ever and…an outstanding ending! I swear to you…if you thought the whole movie was only so-so, the last 5 minutes will make you think more highly of it.

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