Greetings from Westworld
I think my first awareness of movies came when I was around seven or eight when I’d seen Westworld on television. This was in 1978 and I’d seen Jaws and Star Wars in the theater previously but was either too young or simply uninterested for either to leave an impression.
Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, is about Delos, a futuristic resort, where you’d interact with robots who were programmed to serve you. Guests could choose to live out their fantasy in Medieval World, Roman World and of course the Wild West of Westworld.
Yul Brynner played a robot that roamed Westworld as a gunslinger who would eventually malfunction, terrorizing the guests and computer scientists who couldn’t stop the destruction.
You could say this was my first horror film, not being able to sleep the same for days. I would still see Yul Brynner as the heartless gunslinger, when watching him later in his earlier films such as The King and I and The Ten Commandments. In celebration of Yul Brynner’s birthday today, I re-watched Westworld, renting it from Video Paradiso, and still find it disturbing. Also, I would eventually add Jaws to my home library which I would discover when I got older was more terrifying than I remember.