H.G. Wells' classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly.Written by
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A figure of Walter Lantz's most popular character, Woody Woodpecker can be glimpsed in the branches of the tree the initial Martian cylinder meteor flies over. Lantz and George Pal were close friends and Pal always worked an appearance of Woody Woodpecker into each of his films. See more »
At the square dance social, everything electronic seems to have stopped working, including a hearing aid, telephone and wrist watches. The next cut away shows a police car pulling up with the siren sounding. Cars run partly upon electricity (to turn the engine over) and would not work. In addition, the siren would not work.
While electronic devices use electricity to operate, not everything that uses electricity is electronic. This is certainly true of automobile starting systems of the era. Since the system was quite simple and isolated in the vehicle, it's possible that it might remain unaffected. Electronic devices were not that common in the early fifties. See more »
In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of those days. The Second World War involved every continent on the globe, and men turned to science for new devices of warfare, which reached an unparalleled peak in their capacity for destruction. And now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth comes the War of the Worlds.
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Vastly superior to ID4,which was a tired rip off of most of these ideas, WOTW is a great film because as we watch it, we believe. From the moments the first Martian pod lands and the three poor guys get toasted by the infamous heat ray, to the final thirty seconds where it looks like it's all over for humanity, this is how to do an Alien Invasion film! The scenes of destruction as well as the scenes of the panicking humans are extremely well done and beliveable. The film just works on so many different levels it's hard not to watch it every single time it's on. At least I do. One great addition to the pantheon of SF films and another winner by George Pal!
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