[Review] Westworld (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1973) – by Paul Cardullo

Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold

“Boy, have we got a vacation for you…where nothing can possibly go wrong…” – the tagline for the 1973 theatrical version of Michael Crichton’s Westworld sets the movie up perfectly. Richard Benjamin and James Brolin star as friends who visit Western World to play out a fantasy vacation living in the wild, wild West. Yul Brynner is cast as The Gunslinger, a rogue cowboy dressed in all black who continually tries to gun down our heroes. Paul Cardullo joins Doc at the Retro Films Series at the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina for a James Brolin double feature (more on the second feature in a future review). Find out how this classic which inspired the hit HBO series of the same name holds up 42 years later and on the big screen. Also, to paraphrase Paul, “You haven’t seen anything until you have seen Dick Van Patten in a bar fight…” Check out Paul’s review below.

Westworld (1973) [4.5]

For more fun with Westworld (1973), check out Decades of Horror 1970s episode 13, click here for more.

Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.