DEMON SEED
1977, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Donald Cammell

“Never was a woman violated so profanely. ... Never was a woman subjected to inhuman love like this. ... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny. ... Julie Christie carries the ‘Demon Seed.’ Fear for her.” Based on the Dean R. Koontz novel and directed by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE), this provocative, imaginative sci-fi thriller is even more relevant today than when it was originally released. Scientist Fritz Weaver’s supercomputer decides it wants to impregnate his wife, Julie Christie, with its artificially created DNA, in a sinister attempt to take over the world with its hybrid progeny! A terrifying cat-and-mouse game follows as Christie is trapped alone in the house with the omniscient computer. Cinematography is by Bill Butler (JAWS) and the music score was composed by Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS). With memorable voice work by Robert Vaughn as Proteus IV.


PERFORMANCE
1970, Warner Bros., 105 min, UK, Dir: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg

Perhaps the wildest, most deeply layered psychedelic movie ever made. Gangster James Fox goes on the lam, hiding out in reclusive pop star Mick Jagger’s decaying townhouse in the hippie London ghetto. Jagger and poly-sexual pal Anita Pallenberg put Fox through his paces with mind games and large doses of psylocibin mushrooms - all climaxing in the mind-blowing “Memo for Turner” production number. Brutal beatings, sexual identity crises and prodigious drug taking is punctuated by one of Jack Nitzsche’s best scores (highlighted by Ry Cooder’s incredible bottleneck guitar work).


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