Film (1976). AIP. Directed by Richard T Heffron. Written by Mayo Simon, George Schenck. Cast includes Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda and Arthur Hill. 104 minutes. Colour.
An inferior sequel to Westworld (1973), set in the same theme park, Delos, Futureworld lacks the unity and impact of Michael Crichton's original film. In a newly built area of Delos, devoted to dramatizing the future, there are several diverting scenes irrelevant to the main plot, which is one of Pulp-magazine sf's oldest: Mad Scientist Dr Duffy (Hill) – revealed near the end to be himself a Robot – is creating Clone duplicates of influential people to enable him to rule the world. Via Subliminal conditioning these creations are programmed to work only in the interests of Delos and to destroy their originals. This plan is uncovered by two reporters covering the grand opening, newspaper man Chuck Browning (Fonda) and television woman Tracy Ballard (Danner), who are themselves cloned and attacked by their clones. Overall, Futureworld is rather ill-organized and crude.
The novelization Futureworld (1976) was adapted from the screenplay by William Rotsler writing as by John Ryder Hall. [JB/DRL]
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