10 Things You Might Not Know About HBO’s ‘Westworld’

Westworld is actually a remake

The original Westworld, from 1973, is the ultimate theme park movie experience – more reminiscent of a terrifying, technological Jurassic Park than anything else. That’s not surprising really, given that the movie’s director – a young Michael Crichton – went on to write the dinosaur novel 13 years later, bringing Isla Nublar into our vision with its cloned dinosaurs and their ability to wreak all kinds of havoc.

Not altogether so different, the original Westworld theme park transports visitors into a long-gone world of the past… The park’s attractions – the robot citizens – snap, and begin to mercilessly kill all of the guests (I guess Crichton really hated taking the kids to Disney World).

Yul Brynner plays the relentlessly creepy problem robot, like the original Terminator, only much, much scarier than Arnie’s ever been. It’s packed to the rafters with sci-fi obscurity and set to the unusual backdrop of a western. The movie’s most oddball feature? The blank faces of the malfunctioning androids being popped open to reveal lifeless sensors and machine parts shaped like real faces.

The 1973 original was also allegedly the first movie to acknowledge the existence of computer viruses.