Director: Donald Cammell Run Time: 94 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1977
Starring: Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Julie Christie
Man has created a machine. Now the machine wants to create a man.
Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, Donald Cammell’s Demon Seed is a science-fiction thriller that places the future of horror back into the everyday space of the home.
After her estranged husband Fritz leaves for work, Susan (Julie Christie) becomes imprisoned and eventually impregnated by Proteus IV, an artificial intelligence system designed by her husband that contains organic materials and, get this, the power of thought. Proteus wants to be free so he escapes the lab finding the one available portal to him – Fritz’s house. The future of power over women is here. What’s probably most intriguing about Demon Seed is that addresses what it means to be human and become human.