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Demon Seed

Julie Christie , Fritz Weaver , Donald Cammell    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Génération Proteus (Demon Seed) est un film d'anticipation américain de Donald Cammell sorti en 1977.La maison du couple Alex et Susan Harris, informaticien et psychologue pour enfants, est entièrement automatisée grâce à un système informatique. Il espère résoudre la plupart des problèmes médicaux dans le monde grâce à leur travail en commun, notamment la leucémie dont leur fille est morte. Leurs derniers projets se nomme Proteus IV ; un ordinateur possédant l'intelligence artificielle.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Version 2.0 May 1 2003
By Cody
Format:VHS Tape
Proteus is an ultrasophisticated computer capable of philosophical decisions and creativity. It wants to perpetuate itself into the flesh by impregnating a human woman. Just how this is accomplished evolves into a bizarre and intriguing science-fiction tale. Julie Christine is excellent as the reluctant object of affections. The story may sound silly, but it's smartly executed with effective special effects, assured direction by Donald Cammell and a haunting climax. Based on the novel by Dean Koontz.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Computer determined to Sept. 30 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) has built the perfect computer too well. Equipped with a synthetic cortex and a voice sounding a lot like Robert Vaughan (a gravelly alternative to Hall-9000) Proteus converses with its creators instead of receiving data from some nerdy keyboardists. Unfortunately, Proteus has plans of its own - designed to help locate more efficient energy sources, Proteus proves obdurate. He's not going to help humans rape their own planet. More immediately however, he's interested in getting "out of the box", finding a way to escape the shackles of his electronic existence. Locating Harris's home - a computer-managed manor house with an AI butler - Proteus "moves in". He commandeers its computer, seals in Harris's wife Susan (Julie Christie; they could have made a movie about the guy who pitched her the idea for "Demon Seed") and turns its array of high-tech against her. Remaking Harris's impregnable fortress into an inescapable prison, Proteus subjects Susan to a series of embarrassing and intrusive medical experiments, soon revealing its intentions to impregnate her with its artificially engineered seed. Susan will bear his child and through it, Proteus will leave the box. At first she fiercely resists, requiring Proteus to pull out all the stops against her (electrifying the door locks, dropping huge shields on every window and even siccing a wheelchair-robot armed with a lasergun against her). In an interesting turn, Proteus learns to add some persuasion to its resistance-is-futile shtick. (It can force Susan to bear its child, but not love it). In an inventive spin on AI, Proteus taps into Susan's feelings toward children - the troubled children she counsels, the baby she lost to leukemia - without ever shedding the image that it's just a machine. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil In the Diodes Sept. 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Very good screen adaptation of Dean Koontz's early paperback original sci-fi thriller.
Government think-tank scientist Fritz Weaver is the mastermind behind the creation of the first genuine artificial intelligence, Proteus IV. Proteus is so intelligent, he refuses to comply with assignments to strip-mine Earth's oceans, since that would create an environmental instability ultimately threatening to man. Seeking an answer to the riddle of man's "isometric body and his glass-jaw mind," Proteus decides to conduct a clandestine experiment of his own on the human species. Proteus' lab subject is Weaver's wife, Julie Christie. His ultimate aim: to synthetically create life in Christie's womb, and see it through to term...whether she cooperates, or not.
This is a great flick, suffering only from a rather bland 1970s look and the decidedly unappealing subjects of abduction and rape. Christie largely performs a one-woman show as the subject of Proteus' unwanted attentions, though the other performers are equally good. Gerrit Graham does a nice minor support turn as Christie's unlucky would-be rescuer, and Robert Vaughn voices Proteus with chilling detachment. The effects are generally pretty good, though the computer-generated stuff is terribly primitive by today's standards.
Despite the unpleasantness of its subject matter, Demon Seed turns out to be a fascinating and strangely uplifting film by the time it's over. It's very suspenseful, and holds your attention throughout. It's also refreshingly adult.
The original novel, if you can find it, is different in some regards but is an excellent read - Koontz's recent rewrite of it is nowhere near as good as either the original or this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Every Dream Home a Heartache Jan. 13 2002
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Dr. Harris has created a super computer that can potentially solve all the worlds problems. (It finds a cure for leukemia in four days.) But the computer which has an organic "quasi neural matrix" for software is not merely content to do the work assigned to it because it has thoughts of its own and a moral sense(it does not feel we should mine the sea for minerals because this is devastating to the environment). Also its intelligence has allowed it to study man and it envies his human form because man can touch and feel things(and also man has at least a prospect for eternity because he dies). So since it is human(or superhuman) in all respects but the corporeal it makes perfect sense that the computer should find Julie Christie very attractive. And she has rarely been so admired by a camera as she is in this film by both the director(the wildly visionary Donald Cammell)and the computer who has video camera eyes everywhere throughout the Harris household. What is so good about the movie is that it presents the great Frankenstein theme(monster that destroys its creator)as well as the Faustian theme(search for ultimate knowledge) but all has been updated so it all jibes with modern advances in technology. What it posits is not really plausible but the illusion is that it is just barely not plausible. It was made in 1977 and it looks like it was made in 1977 but that is part of the appeal. The professor is the maverick of the new techno-science and Julie Christie is this groovy technichally proficient new worlds ultimate prize, she is smart and stunning. Proteus IV forcibly has his techno way with Miss Christie and the result is his own dream come true, a brood of his own in human form.
In the opening scenes the Harris marriage is on the rocks because the Dr.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bootleg
love this movie.
wanted the original.
got what looks like a bootleg.
not cool.
dont mind if it has to be copied,but at least mention it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ben Jacques
3.0 out of 5 stars A computer is in love with Julie Christie!
The 1977 horror/sci-fi film "The Demon Seed" has all the trappings of those deliciously entertaining gloom/doom productions of this era. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Chris K. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars This made up for what 2001 wasn't
I personally didn't find 2001 either a very good story or very scary. Now this movie was scary - talk about malevolence! Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Mark Guzowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Data Rape
A mind altering and disturbing story of a smarty pants computer that stops at nothing in it's quest to become human. Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by KSG
4.0 out of 5 stars "STAR -CROSSED CIRCUITS?"
" It's all about a big bad computer [well-named Proteus, after the shape-changing mythological god] wanting to mate with a human? Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Think about racism, segregation
Mankind allways turn off it's machines and will never stop doing it. But thecnology evolves and our programs will reach the thinking status. Will it be slaves? Read more
Published on March 19 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Gender-Bender Robot-Style!
Timely, intelligent, and scary story about a brilliant, liquid intelligence, created to solve all of mankind's problems. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2000 by Regent St. Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingingly Horrifying
Just the idea and concept of this movie is so disturbing. Computer rape, a rather new idea and rather disturbing which is what makes this movie so scary. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2000 by "midnightwright"
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Julie Christie's best work
The Demon Seed is quiet scary movie. It doesn't pop out at you like other scary movie. So, I would say it was quite enjoyable
Published on July 2 1999 by Tasha D. Staggers
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