Reviewed byHumanoidOfFleshVote: 9/10/10
I watched this one yesterday and all I can say is:wow!Veryclever,intelligent and stylish horror/sci-fi with some memorable visualsandlots of suspense.Julie Christie("Don't Look Now")is excellent in the leadrole,and Donald Cammell's direction is well-handled.The film is pretty hardto find,so if you get a chance watch it!9 out of 10-a must-see!
Reviewed byCoventryVote: 6/10/10
Demon Seed is a solid, independent science fiction thriller, regretfullyovershadowed by the tragic fade of its director Donald Cammell. He was adevoted filmmaker who never really could depend on much support from bothcritics and distributors. His career started in a minor key, with`Performance' suffering from a lot of re-editing. Similar problems with hislast film `Wild Side' drove him into committing suicide.
Don't let the technical mumbo-jumbo at the beginning of `Demon Seed' trickyou The first half hour leads you to believe this film is a theoreticalsuspense-thriller but in fact, the premise is more simple and appealing to awider audience. `Proteus' is the name of a super computer, designed byscientist Alex Harris, in order to help him with his research. Yet, Proteusis so smart he soon develops an own will. Continuously growing stronger,Proteus perpetrates Alex's house and keeps his wife as a hostage. Proteus'sgoal is to impregnate Suzan (Julie Chrisie)
Proteus is like a feared computer-virus in a pre-internet era! A supercomputer thinking & handling for itself! Which is, according to me, a verysuccessful horror formula. The absence of a villain in the shape of a manhelps increasing the tension. The setting of the over-protected house isgreat and causes uncomfortable feelings of claustrophobia. Julie Christie(the female star of `Don't Look Now') is great and almost carries the entirefilm. The visual effects in `Demon Seed' may look a bit dated by now, butthe film still contains one of the greatest decapitations ever and anoutstanding ending! I swear to you if you thought the whole movie was onlyso-so, the last 5 minutes will make you think more highly of it.
Reviewed bylidercVote: 10/10/10
What a great movie! Let's see, what do we have here... First of all,greatactors. Julie Christie is not only a real beauty to watch, her fantasticperformance as the impulsive and emotional wife that is very wise in herwayreally rocks. Fritz Weaver is also perfect as the rather emotionaly coldscientist and the rest of the cast also performs very well in its rathersmall roles. Please take special note of the Asian actress (the linguistofthe team), too bad she hasn't much scenes. The voice of Proteus (Who'sthatactor by the way? I've never heard of him.) is perfect in its calmnessandmenace. The script is a masterpiece - Proteus' and Christie's battle ofwills and points of view is fantastic. Proteus as the non-emotionalperfectly logical genius that realises that there must be more ("eternitydoes exist, but the price of admission, death, is too high for me topay")and Christie as the emotional woman full of wits ("how do you want tounderstand humans when they can't even understand each other?" she asksProteus). Proteus is not mean per se (for example he makes strong pointsforthe saving of the enviroment when he refuses to do certain tasks), he isjust purely logical at the beginning and tries to break out of his smallnutshell, also because he is treated like a slave by the scientist thatinvented him - Proteus seems to have became capable of feelings. Thedirecting is great, it's always a pleasure to watch the wonderful cameraangles and editing of this movie. The computer animations may look datednowbut that doesn't rob them of their timeless beauty. The electronic musicisgreat and really enhances the experience of watching this movie. Asoundtrack album has been recently released by FSM, go and get it! Theending is wonderfully creepy (Proteus made the child resemble the deaddaughter!) but one really wonders what will happen. Because of the strongpoints Proteus made for saving the enviroment is doesn't seem to bealtogether bad to have somebody like him as a human, but what else willhewant to have - complete domination of the world? Wonderful food forthougthsand since the whole movie isn't the usual easy understandablejust-switch-your-brain-off-and-be-scared Hollywood crap it isn'tsurprisingthat some people find it to be extremely dumb - the movie just throwsyourown numbness or even dumbness back on you if you aren't open minded orstillhave a good taste. A rare treasure that really deserves a release on DVD!Especially today with the discussion about increasing involvement ofcomputers in our daily life this movie is more worth watching than ever,also because of the wonderful dialogues and the questions that are asked.
Married Drs. Alex Harris and Susan Harris are a computer scientist and child psychologist respectively. Their house reflects Alex's computer dominated work, their abode which is fully automated through a computer system they've named Alfred. They consider Alfred a small gadget of convenience. Susan doesn't much like Alex's work, which she feels has dehumanized him. Because of their differences, they are thinking about separating, this thought primarily on his initiative. He hopes to solve many of the world's medical problems through this work, especially leukemia from which their daughter died. His latest project centers on Proteus IV, a computer possessing artificial intelligence. Proteus IV gets to a point in its evolution when it begins to question human judgment, and requests from Alex an open computer terminal where it can more fully observe human behavior and openly communicate with the world. Alex denies the request, but Proteus IV does find an open terminal in the Harris home ...