In 1973, Michael Crichton wrote and directed Westworld, a sci-fi classic that went on to influence The Terminator, Crichton’s own Jurassic Park and one of the best episodes of The Simpsons. A few years later TV creators Richard T. Heffron, Mayo Simon, and George Schenck made a sequel that remains mostly forgotten.
Futureworld does attempt to take the Westworld concept in an interesting direction. Had it worked, it’s not hard to envision a world in which the Westworld saga became a series of increasingly bizarre chapters ala Planet of the Apes. The ingredients are there. Cool robots, counter culture undertones and the awesome camp inherent in 1970s theme park design. Unfortunately, despite some lofty goals, Futureworld is kind of a slog. Hit the jump for our review of Futureworld on Blu-ray.