DEMON SEED (1977)

Demon Seed - Digitally Remastered
Starring John Carradine, Britt Ekland, Lana Wood

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell

Writers: Dean R. Koontz (novel), Robert Jaffe (screenplay)

REVIEW BY JEREMIAH

You remember the one segment in the 1981 Heavy Metal movie, where the binocular-faced robot gets it in its CPU to have sex with a human female government official? Well, Demon Seed is kind of like that, except way less consensual.

It's an uncomfortable watch, to put it lightly. A woman is held in bondage, raped by a horny HAL 9000 that's suffering from an existential crisis, eventually impregnated, and written to kinda sorta be cool with it.

Perhaps there's commentary to be found under the layers of schlock and bad taste. The fear of technological advancement, the over-reliance on automation, and the rise of AI, all tenuously connected to Demon Seed's overarching plot, but mostly I just found it to be a case of hilariously bad science fiction and creepy misogynistic fantasy.