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Director:
Writers:
Dean R. Koontz (novel)
Robert Jaffe (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
30 September 1977 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Never was a woman violated as profanely... Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny... See more »
Plot:
A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Artificial Intelligence Terrorism See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Christie ... Susan Harris

Fritz Weaver ... Alex Harris

Gerrit Graham ... Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger ... Petrosian

Lisa Lu ... Soong Yen
Larry J. Blake ... Cameron

John O'Leary ... Royce
Alfred Dennis ... Mokri
Davis Roberts ... Warner
Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Talbert
E. Hampton Beagle ... Night Operator
Michael Glass ... Technician
Barbarao ... Technician (as Barbara O. Jones)
Dana Laurita ... Amy
Monica MacLean ... Joan Kemp
Peter Elbling ... Scientist (as Harold Oblong)
Georgie Paul ... Housekeeper

Michelle Stacy ... Marlene
Tiffany Potter ... Baby

Felix Silla ... Baby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Dorn ... Bit (uncredited)

Robert Vaughn ... Proteus IV (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Cammell 
 
Writing credits
Dean R. Koontz (novel "Demon Seed")

Robert Jaffe (screenplay) and
Roger O. Hirson (screenplay)

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... associate producer (as Steven C. Jaffe)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Mazzola  (as Francisco Mazzola)
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Krieger 
 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... special makeup
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michael I. Rachmil .... unit production manager (as Michael Rachmil)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Brimfeld .... second assistant director (as Alan Brimfield)
Edward Teets .... assistant director (as Edward A. Teets)
 
Art Department
Bill Wainess .... property master (as William Wainess)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
Terry W. King .... special effects (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Bassett .... genigraphics animatior
Jordan Belson .... special proteus monitor footage
Richard L. Froman .... electronic animator
Bo Gehring .... synthavision animator
Ron Hays .... electronic visuals designer
Ron Hays .... electronic visuals developer
Domenic Iaia .... technical associate
James F. Liles .... optical supervisor (as Jim Liles)
 
Stunts
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
James R. Connell .... camera operator
George Hill .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Cole .... costume designer: Julie Christie
Joie Hutchinson .... costumer: women
Bucky Rous .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Gary Bell .... associate film editor
Freeman A. Davies .... associate film editor (as Freeman Davies Jr.)
Frank Mazzola .... montage (as Francisco Mazzola)
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Lee Ritenour .... electronic performances
Ian Underwood .... electronic performances
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Willard Jones .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Tommy Vig .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dixie J. Capp .... assistant video coordinator
Oga Danylo .... secretary to producer
Kathy Green .... technical consultant
Regina Gruss .... publicist
Mary Meacham .... title designer
Christopher Outwater .... laser consultant
Brent Sellstrom .... video coordinator
Robert Stewart .... technical consultant
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2007) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1977) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (video rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
When Prometheus comes alive as the block puzzle looking thing that kills Walter and attacks Dr. Harris it makes the same sound as the automatic doors on Star Trek the original series.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Mrs. Harris is trying to get the little girl out of the car for her session, a sound man can be seen through the back window behind her.See more »
Quotes:
Proteus IV:I want to study man: his isometric body and his glass-jaw mind.
Alex Harris:Ambitious program, but at the moment all the terminals are occupied.
Proteus IV:Construct one.
Alex Harris:I'm sorry. Request denied.
Proteus IV:Dr. Harris, when are you going to let me out of this *box*?
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Artificial Intelligence Terrorism, 8 May 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Demon Seed is a solid, independent science fiction thriller, regretfully overshadowed by the tragic fade of its director Donald Cammell. He was a devoted filmmaker who never really could depend on much support from both critics and distributors. His career started in a minor key, with `Performance' suffering from a lot of re-editing. Similar problems with his last film `Wild Side' drove him into committing suicide.

Don't let the technical mumbo-jumbo at the beginning of `Demon Seed' trick you…The first half hour leads you to believe this film is a theoretical suspense-thriller but in fact, the premise is more simple and appealing to a wider audience. `Proteus' is the name of a super computer, designed by scientist Alex Harris, in order to help him with his research. Yet, Proteus is so smart he soon develops an own will. Continuously growing stronger, Proteus perpetrates Alex's house and keeps his wife as a hostage. Proteus's goal is to impregnate Suzan (Julie Chrisie)…

Proteus is like a feared computer-virus in a pre-internet era! A super computer thinking & handling for itself! Which is, according to me, a very successful horror formula. The absence of a villain in the shape of a man helps increasing the tension. The setting of the over-protected house is great and causes uncomfortable feelings of claustrophobia. Julie Christie (the female star of `Don't Look Now') is great and almost carries the entire film. The visual effects in `Demon Seed' may look a bit dated by now, but the film still contains one of the greatest decapitations ever and…an outstanding ending! I swear to you…if you thought the whole movie was only so-so, the last 5 minutes will make you think more highly of it.

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