Demon Seed

1977

Demon Seed

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A brilliant scientist's marriage is strained by his devotion to his latest project, the creation of an intelligent supercomputer. When this tension drives the scientist to move out, the computer decides to take over the house and impregnate the scientist's wife in this technological horror film.

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  • Sep 28, 2010
    An evocative, intelligent sci-fi thriller based on the Dean Koontz novel, concerning a new revolutionary supercomputer called Proteus IV which is capable of intellectual grow, it thinks and has become self-aware, developed by a brilliant cybernetics genius Dr. Alex Harris, played superbly by character actor Fritz Weaver, Proteus IV is imbued with its own will to live and to procreate, Dr. Harris's young wife Susan, played by Julie Christie in a compelling and richly layered performance unknowingly will become the target of Proteus IV's plans it taps into the home terminals of Harris's high-tech residence taking control of everything in the house including the computerized security system, Susan is now a prisoner in her own home and is completely helpless, it will become a battle of wits between Susan and her remorseless computerized nemesis who is capable of extreme violence and psychological cruelty, she tries many different ways to escape but fails every time, but soon to her horror she will realize Proteus IV's true intentions and with the help of a robotic wheelchair that has one mechanical arm, it will build a hexagonal probe to impregnate Susan with its "Seed," Susan will bear a child destined to rule the world, but first Susan most under go a series of dehumanizing and tortuous physical and mental tests, Proteus IV has taken lethal steps against anybody interfering with the inception and the birth of its child, it will kill anyone! Astute direction by Donald Cammel, special kudos must go to Robert Vaughn for his chilling voice performance as Proteus IV, the late Jerry Fielding's eerily haunting score is perfect, marvelous cinematography by Bill Butler and a impressive production design by Edward C. Carfagno. An intriguing, thought-provoking film about a man-made entity trying to achieve life! Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    By reading the synopsis, you can tell that this is a very strange sci-fi horror movie. It's a very creepy tale of machines gone bad, you'll never look at computers the same way again.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2009
    A sci-fi/horror film in the tradition of Cronenberg or Polanski's Rosemary's baby, but instead of dealing with supernatural forces, it deals with the dangers of technology, how machinery can acquire its own will and start harming its creator in order to trascend their state, ala HAL 9000. Scenes of vexations and torture, Jerry Fielding's score and a good performance by Julie Christie are the reasons to enjoy it.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2009
    It's essentially a science-fiction Rosemary's Baby...but that's no bad thing
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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