Michael Crichton's directorial debut, WESTWORLD is almost an exact replica of Jurassic Park...of course minus the dinosaurs. There is even the quote, "We spared no expense".
Like JP, Westworld is a technological amusement park gone out of control, with tourists becoming victims. For $1,000 a day, patrons can visit high-tech recreations of historically based mythical settings controlled by lifelike androids and synthetic environments: a Roman world that recreates tales of ancient Rome; a medieval world that recreates the legends of the Middle Ages; and Westworld, which recreates the myth of the classic Western.
Two businessmen spend their vacation in Westworld, where they live out their fantasies of the Old West. But as in all technological achievements disaster finds a way. Soon the entire resort breaks down into chaos, and the androids turn hostile on the visiting tourists.
I didn't expect to but I loved this film. It amazes me how when young and naive you think something like JP is truly original but in all reality everything seams to be replica of something else maybe just with a new spin.
A classic film...enjoyed every minute.
Michael Crichton became inspired to write this film after a trip to Disneyland, where he saw the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and was impressed by the animatronic characters.
Director John Carpenter based the "indestructable" nature of his killer Michael Meyers in Halloween (1978) on Yul Brynner's character in this film.