Demon Seed (1977)
“You like games? So do I.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He adds that the film’s “premise is intriguing but disturbing — it’s tasteless enough seeing movie heroines raped by monsters in some recent pictures, but Christie being molested by a mechanical apparatus is ludicrous and appalling…” With that said, he notes that “Christie’s about the only actress who could retain her dignity playing such a victim”, and indeed “gives one of her finest, most vulnerable performances”.
Peary writes that while “the film’s cultists don’t like the ending”, he finds “it to be satisfying”, and notes that the “scariest scene, other than the rape of Christie, is when Proteus attacks scientist Gerrit Graham”.
While Demon Seed is undeniably cliched, illogical, and silly in many ways, it remains surprisingly suspenseful and relevant to our modern times, when “personal devices” control far more of our existence than they (very likely) should, and we’re equally — or more — at risk of AI surpassing our own ability to control what we’ve created. If you’re curious, watch this fun 10-minute overview of the film. (YouTube has added a whole new dimension of possibilities to film blogging!)
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
2 thoughts on “Demon Seed (1977)”
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cracking, creepy, thought-provoking sci-fi. Not must see however.
However, the assessment of this technological ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is particularly on-point with the following: “…it remains… relevant to our modern times, when ‘personal devices’ control far more of our existence than they (very likely) should, and we’re equally — or more — at risk of AI surpassing our own ability to control what we’ve created.”
Those with an interest in that observation will find food for thought in the film. It’s certainly occasionally creepy. It seems to be one of those films which – if re-imagined with genuine skill – might make for an even creepier remake.