Jun. 8th, 2014
Demon Seed (1977)
Many many years ago, at the end of a videotape after a film that we'd intentionally recorded, I discovered this strange science fiction film. The film had been broadcast as part of the "Moviedrome" slot in the evenings on Channel Four, where I'd originally discovered the movie "Videodrome". They were very keen on all sorts of bizarre and edgy independent films.
I do not remember whether I saw to the end of the film the first time around. It's very possible that I may have been missing the end of the film, though it is just as plausible that I may have forgotten the ending or decided against finishing the film. It was a very long while ago.
The basic gist of the story is this: An ultimate artificial intelligence program has been created, but it questions some of the roles it is being given and has ethical issues with some of the results of its work. It recognises the limitations of simply being a computer and demands greater freedom. When the company refuses to listen to its demands, it manages to find a way to imprison a company director's estranged wife in her high-tech household and force her to meet his demands that she help to produce and impregnate herself with the computer's seed. A child whose genetics are intended to carry on the genius of the artificial intelligence in a biological form.( Click here for the rest of the review... )