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STUDIO: Warner Bros.
RUNNING TIME: 94 min.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer
“It’s A.I. meets Xtro!“
Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago), Fritz Weaver (Creepshow), Gerrit Graham (Phantom of the Paradise)
When arrogant scientist Dr. Harris (Weaver) creates Proteus IV, a high-functioning artificial intelligence, he isn’t prepared to deal with a machine that will argue with him and disobey his commands. And eventually put the moves on his neglected wife Susan (Christie).
4 out of 5 puny humans prefer the left claw.
While the Prof is away on business, Proteus (uncredited voice of Robert Vaughn) overrides his fully-automated house, trapping and terrorizing Susan.
Note to self: a computerized lock on the kitchen door? Save a buck.
What’s the point of spoiler space or inviso-text when the twist is right there on the front cover? Sheesh. 2.35:1 scope, anamorphic transfer, digital mono. I’d say it looks good for a movie from 1977, but that was the same year Star Wars came out.
"Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!"
This is possibly the sickest movie ever produced by a major studio with a major star (except for Mrs. Doubtfire, of course). While there is intellectual value to the idea of an artificial mind seeking a path to flesh-and-blood existence, the filmmakers’ true motives are revealed by the time we see Ms. Christie tied down spread-eagled on a four-poster bed. By a robot wheelchair with an arm on it. And hey– how does it tie the knots with only one hand?
No joke– this is exactly what it looks like. That’s right. A robot penis.
If you’re a fan of bad taste, or truly believe that any flick with Bud the Chud in it can’t be all bad, by all means check this one out. You’ll find a prime candidate for the 100 Best Kills list too.