In a little over two weeks HBO will bestow upon us the mysteriously exciting Westworld. This HIGHLY anticipated reimagining of Michael Crichton’s (who, you know, wrote Jurassic Park… NO BIG DEAL) 1973 sci-fi meets western-thriller film is probably going to make us all say, “HOLY SHIT!” one way or another. Oh, and did we mention J.J. Abrams is a producer?
We don’t know a TON about this upcoming TV serious, though. We know it has a hugely star-studded cast including Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, and everyone’s ~favorite cannibal~ Anthony Hopkins.
Fava beans and (a nice) chianti, anyone?
We also know, based on the premise of the original 1973 film, that the plot revolves around visitors running around a futuristic Western-themed amusement park where the robots, well, start killing people.
What is it with Michael Crichton and theme parks gone “bad?!”
And as part of the marketing for the series, HBO has created a website where you can “discover Westworld” as though you were actually going to visit it.
On the surface it looks like a typical vacation destination site.
HBO even tweeted out a “special code” to explore MORE on the site.
Except, when you hold down the SHIFT key to type in this special code…
…THIS CREEPY AF stuff happens.
WHAT. DID. I. JUST. SEE?????
There’s a lot of mysterious audio going on in this ~secret~ video and it says:
That last part sounded AWFUL familiar, and after a quick Google search, turns out “Hell is empty and all the devils are here” is a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest – said by Ariel, one of the spirits who hangs around Prospero, the play’s protagonist. ANYHOO. Shakespeare aside, we get that it’s some kind of thematic ~warning~ to visitors, but is there a deeper meaning?
There’s actually a ton of other interesting “emails” you can access when you finally plug in that special “violentdelights” code (you don’t need to CAP the text to make it work as it turns out).
Basically, you enter a “security panel” where you can see lots of strange emails back and forth between Westworld employees.
And there’s even a link to the “Dreams” trailer HBO released a couple days ago, which you can see here, too: