Demon Seed (1977) Movie Review

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Demon Seed (1977)

1977 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Demon Seed Plot Synopsis:

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 after Alex has left the house. Susan soon learns that Proteus IV has overtaken Alfred for control of the house - as well as taken control of an early prototype computer system named Joshua in the house's laboratory - and that it has thoughts of a biological nature in its artificial mind. Alex eventually understands Proteus IV's motivations in the work context, but it may be too late before it reaches its ultimate goal with Susan's unwilling assistance.

Demon Seed (1977) Review

Demon Seed is one of those movies that pose the question "If man was to make an artificial brain by using robotic technology, what will happen?" Well from what I have seen it will not be pretty. Demon Seed’s synopsis is that a man creates a brain that comprised of robotics with a great artificial intelligence. When the robot becomes aware of itself, it then asked its creator when it will be out of the box. Bewildered by the question, the creator laughs and dismisses the brain. Angry and seeing that steps must be taken by itself, the brain locks the creator’s wife in their house and undergoes a "miracle" of modern science. It impregnates the wife with a fetus which she will deliver in thirty days. The "baby" is born, and the creator decides to keep the monstrosity even though his wife tries to dispose of it in every way.

Demon Seed is a great movie and amazingly produced considered it is from Warner Bros classic line. I thought the movie was well developed and well acted. I felt emotionally sad for the wife throughout the movie. Certain small elements just didn’t make sense. However, the movie did hold weight and delivered an unbelievable performance even by today’s standards of graphics and creativity.

  • Demon Seed Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.74
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.9

About Demon Seed 1977

Title: Demon Seed
Year: 1977
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.37/5 stars from 7,047 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7,047 MPAA Rating: R
Demon Seed Cast Starring: Julie Christie, Felix Silla, Peter Elbling, Gerrit Graham, Michelle Stacy, Fritz Weaver, Berry Kroeger, John O'Leary, Monica MacLean, Robert Vaughn, Georgie Paul, Michael Dorn, Tiffany Potter, Lisa Lu, Larry J. Blake, Alfred Dennis, Davis Roberts, Patricia Wilson, E. Hampton Beagle, Michael Glass, Barbarao, Dana Laurita
Demon Seed Writers: Dean R. Koontz, Robert Jaffe, Roger O. Hirson
Demon Seed Director: Donald Cammell
Production: United Artists
Language: English
Country: USA