In 1973 a small little science fiction film was released by MGM called Westworld, then three years later American International Pictures made a sequel, and it kind of sucked.
Originally under the working title Bridge and the Oskaloosa Kid this book is one of the few contemporary thrillers by Burroughs, a partial sequel to the much loved The Mucker, and was published in Blue Book Magazine in March of 1918.
With such films as Two Minute Warning and Black Sunday populating the theatres in the late 70s it’s a wonder people ever went out in public, it seemed that being killed by a mad sniper or similarly armed terrorist was almost a forgone conclusion, and if it wasn’t terrorists it was a Great White Shark…
One of America’s greatest pastimes is under threat in director John Frankenheimer’s thriller Black Sunday; based on the novel by Thomas Harris which itself was inspired by the Munich massacre perpetrated by the Black September Group during the 1972 Summer Olympics Games.
If one genre was to stand out in the 70s that would be the disaster genre; Airport (1970), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974), Earthquake (1974), Avalanche (1978), Damnation Alley (1979), The Swarm (1978) and Meteor (1979) just to name a few, inundated theatres in the 70s.