Film & Video

Demon Seed (Film)

Beta

Release Date: 1985
Publisher: MGM/UA Home Video
MB600129

Laserdisc

Release Date: 1985
Publisher: MGM/UA Home Video
States: ML100126

VHS

Release Date: 1991
Publisher: MGM/UA Home Video
#M600129

DVD

Release Date: October 4, 2005
Publisher: Warner Brothers / Warner Archive

Blu-ray

Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Warner Brothers / Warner Archive

Soylent Green/Demon Seed

Release Date: Soundtrack CD
Format: May 2003
Publisher: Film Score Monthly / Turner Classic Movies Music
Original List Price: $19.95
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“THIS PRESSING IS LIMITED TO 3,000 COPIES”
Liner notes mention that Dean is the author of the original novel.

Notes

RELEASE DATE: April 8, 1977
COLOR/BW: c 94 min.
COUNTRY: USA
MPAA RATING: R
DIRECTOR: Donald Cammell
PRODUCER: Jaffe, Herb; released by United Artists
SCREENPLAY BY: Robert Jaffe and Roger O. Hirson; based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bill Butler
EDITOR: Francisco Mazzola
OTHER CREDITS: Music, Jerry Fielding. Set Decoration, Barbara Krieger. Production Design, Edward C. Carfagno. Costumes and wardrobe, Sandy Cole, Bucky Rous, and Joie Hutchinson…

CAST
Susan Harris __ Julie Christie
Alex Harris __ Fritz Weaver
Walter Gabler __ Gerrit Graham
Petrosian __ Berry Kroeger
Soon Yen __ Lisa Lu
Cameron __ Larry J. Blake
Amy __ Dana Laurita
Voice of Proteus IV __ Robert Vaughn

Trailers:

Books that mention/discuss Demon Seed:

  • John Stanley’s Creature Features Movie Guide by John Stanley, 1981
  • Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson, 1985
  • Androids, Humanoids, and Other Science Fiction Monsters by Per Schelde, 1993
  • Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film by J.P. Telotte, 1995
  • Aliens, Robots, and Spaceships by Jeff Rovin, 1995
  • Electronic Eros: Bodies and Desire in the Postindustrial Age by Claudia Springer, 1996
  • Julie Christie by Anthony Hayward, Robert Hale Ltd, 2001
  • Horror Movies of the 1970s vol. 2 by John Kenneth Muir, McFarland, 2002. (p466-470)
  • Donald Cammell: A Life on the Wild Side by Rebecca and Sam Umland, Fab Press, 2006
  • The Cinema of Donald Cammell by Jeremy Mark Robinson, 2015 (Mr. Robinson is most definitely not a fan of the film or the novel.)

Film Articles & Reviews:

  • The Old Dark House (‘Zine) No. 2, 1977, p34(4) -George LaVoo
  • Pure Images: The Magazine of Film and Television, Spring 1977

Related Film:
Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (IMDB)
October 1988, Directors: Kevin Macdonald & Chris Rodley
A 75 minute documentary on the life of director Donald Cammell. Demon Seed is disused from approximately minutes 57-62 of the film.

Other editions:

UK VHS
Japanese Laserdisc

Promotional Material:

Program one-sheet (front)
Program one-sheet (back)

Miscellaneous:

Richard E. Geis reviews the film on page 20 of his fanzine Science Fiction Review #22 (August 1977) . It starts with a correction regarding his statement in issue #21 that claims the books is a novelization.

Demon Seed was given a shout-out on the HBO series The Deuce. (Contains adult language.)

And here’s a great episode of The Projection Booth podcast all about Demon Seed.

Related items:

Alternate film poster by Nikos Bogris (source)

Last updated on July 23rd, 2018