The War of the Worlds (1953) Poster


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War of the Worlds (1988) (TV Series)

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War of the Worlds (1981) (Video Game)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie (1981)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (1988) (TV Series)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (2005)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
The War of the Worlds (2005) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (2005) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Servers (2007)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Alive on Stage! The New Generation (2013)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
The War of the Worlds (TV Mini-Series)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"

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Edited into 

V: Dreadnought (1984) (TV Episode)
alien attack on LA
Superman and the Secret Planet (2013) (Video)
uses stock footage


Citizen Kane (1941)
Multiple references/homages to Orson Welles' radio broadcast and "Citizen Kane".
Tulips Shall Grow (1942) (Short)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
The film is advertised on the cinema marquee. There are also posters for the film outside the cinema.

Referenced in 

The Cosmic Man (1959)
Dr. Karl Sorenson said he was from Pacific Tech, the same research facility as Dr. Clayton Forrester belonged to in the 1953 film.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
The alien ships, their force fields, their explosions and their sound effects are all lifted from the earlier film, which was also directed by Byron Haskin and released by Paramount.
The Outer Limits: The Invisible Enemy (1964) (TV Episode)
same filmmakers, reuse of props and a theme of Martian menace
M*A*S*H: War of Nerves (1977) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Incredible Hulk: Prometheus: Part II (1980) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jason
The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 15 November 1980 (1980) (TV Episode)
George Romero discusses the film and its differences from the book.
Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 1 (1982) (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is mentioned and discussed.
The Day After (1983) (TV Movie)
mentioned in dialogue
Repo Man (1984)
The Transformers: Enter the Nightbird (1985) (TV Episode)
Megatron's antimatter blaster produces the same sound effect as the Martians' Heat Ray when fired.
Chopping Mall (1986)
The Twilight Zone: A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot (1986) (TV Episode)
Kevin's watch stops functioning as the flying saucer crashes in the vicinity.
Aliens (1986)
The probe in the opening scene reflects the alien surveying the house.
Innerspace (1987)
MacGyver: Ghost Ship (1987) (TV Episode)
Karin's shadow on the sun-lit wall, dappled shadows on MacGyver's face and body, tossing a small object to distract attention away from the person hiding, etc, just as happens in the scene of Sylvia and Clayton in the wrecked house, when the Martian and its camera-probe enter the house.
Remote Control (1988)
Cosmo mentions it. Also, video case is shown in a video store.
ALF: Tequila (1988) (TV Episode)
ALF refers to the film.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
One of the sound effects on the Klingon ship is the pulsing of the Martian War Machine's Heat Ray scanning for a target.
ALF: Fever (1989) (TV Episode)
Willie refers to the film.
The Ray Bradbury Theater: Mars Is Heaven (1990) (TV Episode)
The scene where Captain Black's Martian "brother" grasps his shoulder echoes the scene where an invading Martian grasps Ann Robinson's shoulder in the ruined house in WOTW.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: War of the Wierds (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
TaleSpin: War of the Weirds (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) (TV Movie)
William Alland mentions Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel.
Mosquito (1994)
The Alien escape pod that crashes to Earth in the opening scene is reminiscent of the final scene in War Of The Worlds (1953) with the hatch falling open and a long alien arm crawling out before dying.
American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is mentioned and discussed.
Independence Day (1996)
The orientation of the bent street lamps and overturned cars as seen through the tank's night vision makes them resemble the Martian spaceships from the 1953 film.
Siskel & Ebert: Courage Under Fire/Walking and Talking/Trainspotting/Harriet the Spy (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Independence Day" re-review.
Mother (1996)
3rd Rock from the Sun: Hotel Dick (1996) (TV Episode)
The movie poster is on the wall at the sci-fi convention.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Troldspejlet: Frankenstein and Me (1997) (TV Episode)
Forrest J Ackerman mentions the film during a guided tour through his Acker Mansion, a huge collection of sci-fi and monster memorabilia
Small Soldiers (1998)
The Commandos' scanner uses the sound of the Martians.
E! Mysteries & Scandals: Orson Welles (1999) (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is mentioned and discussed.
The Iron Giant (1999)
The three tendrils emanating from the Iron Giant in battle form are inspired by The War of the Worlds (1953).
Fight Club (1999)
on shelf in video store
Bob Came from Outer Space (2000) (Video)
Referred to in dialog.
The Zack Files: Total Rewind (2000) (TV Episode)
Dan refers to the Minister Dr. Matthew Collins' failed attempt to reason with the Martians in The War of the Worlds (1953).
Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator' (2001) (Video)
Mentioned by Joe Viskocil.
Midsomer Murders: The Electric Vendetta (2001) (TV Episode)
Film playing at local theater.
Frasier: War of the Words (2002) (TV Episode)
title reference
Signs (2002)
Joaquin Phoenix's character compares their situation to 'War of the Worlds' after news footage of UFOs is on television
Gojira: Kaijû dai rantô (2002) (Video Game)
Peter Pan (2003)
Aunt Millicent is reading is this book
The Simpsons: Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens and Gays (2004) (TV Episode)
As the grown-ups are staggered by the flu, Lisa paraphrases the final lines of the narration: "they had no immunity against God's lowliest creatures."
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
The giant robots' laser beams make the same noise as those of the ships in "War of the Worlds."
The Incredibles (2004)
Strange machine descends on city, uses a ray beam to cause destruction
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Para-Medic mentions the film during her codec conversation with Snake.
Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart (2004) (TV Episode)
The movie score can be heard several times, including when Batman launches the missiles.
Tripping the Rift: Chode's Near Death-Experience (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gus while playing 'charades'
Chicken Little (2005)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVI (2005) (TV Episode)
Mammoth (2006) (TV Movie)
"This is too war of the worlds for me" "I hope you're talking about the original" "I was thinking more of the remake"
Arthur: D.W. Aims High/Flaw & Order (2006) (TV Episode)
While in the Read house, David Read mentions the book this movie is based off of and the 1938 radio broadcast that is based off the book
The Holiday (2006)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend (2008) (Video)
Scenes, photos and a poster are shown.
Futurama: Bender's Game (2008) (Video)
The scary door episode parodies this movie.
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Six (2008) (Video)
In "4 Branches", the 1930s version of Homestar calles Rumble Red a "communist fool", referring to the aliens representing the Soviet Union
One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008)
Camden Toy alludes to H.G. Wells' original novel and Orson Welles' radio drama.
9 (2009)
the design of the Behemoths.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Frankenstein 1910 (2009) (TV Episode)
Title shown on the cover of a magazine.
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010) (TV Movie)
The original "War of the Worlds" is mentioned as clips are shown of Steven Spielberg's 2005 remake.
Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong (2011)
Mentioned in dialogue
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles: Citizen Kane Is the Best Film of All Time (2012) (TV Episode)
Harry mentions Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel.
Attack of the Brainsucker (2012) (Short)
Poster displayed in Samantha's room.
Men in Suits (2012) (Video)
Still of Charles Gemora as Martian shown.
End of the World (2013) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in Dialogue
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Renegade Cut: Superheroes and Orson Welles (2013) (TV Episode)
Leon Thomas mentions it.
Holliston: Blobby (2013) (TV Episode)
The spaceship is modeled after the ones from "War of the Worlds."
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Alien³ (2013) (TV Episode)
A VHS tape of this movie was shown in the Cinemassacre's Monster Madness promo.
American Experience: War of the Worlds (2013) (TV Episode)
Multiple references to H.G. Wells' original novel.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Man of Steel (2013) (TV Episode)
"This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen to assure you that the War of the Worlds has no further significance and it was the holiday offering it was intended to be"
Previously Recorded: Helldivers (2016) (TV Episode)
Jack says the Illuminates in Helldivers look a lot like the Tripods from The War of the Worlds
Manhunter: The Eye of the Storm - An Interview with Dante Spinotti (2016) (Video)
Dante Spinotti mentions Michael Mann referencing the film during pre-production of Manhunter
Sing (2016)
In Eddie's pool house, a poster hangs on the wall depicting the Walkers with bunny ears.
American Gods: Lemon Scented You (2017) (TV Episode)
Sound effects of a Martian War Machine as Technical Boy is contacted by Media. Emphasized when Media mentions the 1938 radio broadcast to him.
Ready Player One (2018)
The first time Sorrento meets I-R0k in the Oasis, he emerges from the wreckage of one of the floating Martian spacecraft from the 1953 version of "War of the Worlds", complete with the authentic sound FX.
The Tripods
the tripod-aliens

Featured in 

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
One of the scenes of a Washington building exploding is the Los Angeles City Hall being destroyed by the Martians from The War of the Worlds (1953).
TJ and the All Night Theatre: The War of the Worlds (1978) (TV Episode)
Film featured on this episode.
TJ and the All Night Theatre: The War of the Worlds (1979) (TV Episode)
Film featured on this episode.
Sneak Previews: Invasion of the Outer Space Movies (1980) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during the opening sequence
E.T. and Friends: Magical Movie Visitors (1982) (TV Movie)
Clips from the film is showed during the show
Monsters, Madmen & Machines: 25 Years of Science Fiction (1984) (TV Movie)
Saucers destroy army
Explorers (1985)
Ben watches the film.
Highway to Heaven: Merry Christmas from Grandpa (1989) (TV Episode)
The President of the USA is watching this movie on TV at the White House.
Back to the Future: My Pop's an Alien (1992) (TV Episode)
Doc is watching clips from this film at the beginning and end of the episode.
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996) (Video)
This film's theatrical trailer is featured.
100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (TV Episode)
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Væsener fra fremmede planeter (1996) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann recaps the history of aliens from other worlds featured in sci-fi films, comic books and other fiction, mentioning the film + clip shown
Monster Mania (1997) (TV Movie)
Film clips included
Millennium: Closure (1998) (TV Episode)
playing on TV
Beverly Hills, 90210: I'm Happy for You... Really (2000) (TV Episode)
the movie is playing on a TV set in the opening scene.
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) (Video)
footage is shown from this film
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
The Martians are #27 on the "Villains" list.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Excerpts appear in the film.
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005) (TV Movie)
Excerpt shown
H.G. Wells: The Father of Science Fiction (2005) (Video)
clips shown
Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens (2005) (Video)
clips shown
UFO Files: Beyond the War of the Worlds (2005) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The H.G. Wells Legacy (2005) (Video)
clips shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #35.1 (2006) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
Footage of the martians and flying saucers was shown. Production stills are shown. Poster shown. Model shown.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Interactive Film Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clip from trailer used
Mars: Making the New Earth (2009)
Clips shown.
Nostalgia Critic: The Next Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuckups (2010) (TV Episode)
footage is shown
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950 (2012) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the film while discussing the wave of anti-communist films from Hollywood.
Nostalgia Critic: The King and I (2013) (TV Episode)
A clip of the martian space crafts was shown.
Honest Trailers: Independence Day (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
The Real History of Science Fiction: Invasion (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
UFOs Declassified: Battle of Los Angeles (2015) (TV Episode)
A short clip is shown.
30 Greatest Disaster Movies (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Hollywood Remembers: Orson Welles (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is mentioned. Also, footage of this movie is shown.

Spoofed in 

Whore of the Worlds (1985) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
Monster in the Closet (1986)
As the monster walks down the street, a military man yells 'bombs, tanks, planes, nothing...'
Saturday Night Live: Tony Danza/John Hiatt (1989) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Da War of Da Woilds'
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: Dale Beside Himself (1989) (TV Episode)
one of Dale's favorite movies looks like a cartoon version of this
EarthBound (1994) (Video Game)
Antz (1998)
The magnifying glass, viewed not unlike a flying saucer, burns the ants to the score.
Invader ZIM: Germs/Dark Harvest (2001) (TV Episode)
Zim & Gir were watching a movie that featured aliens having a weakness towards germs.
The Chubbchubbs! (2002) (Short)
A Martian War Machine is seen escaping the Chubbchubbs.
The Naked Monster (2005)
Les Tremayne ("General Mann") and Ann Robinson ("Sylvia van Buren") send up their original roles.
Cars (2006)
they have Lightning fighting off Tripods
Robot Chicken: Suck It (2006) (TV Episode)
The final exchange in the "Space Invaders" parody spoofs the ending of the film.
Robot Chicken: Losin' the Wobble (2007) (TV Episode)
The voiceover narration at the end of "V: The Celebrity Rehab Invasion" is a parody of this movie
Planet 51 (2009)
The film that Eckle watches at the beginning of the movie (which was Humaniacs II) parodies a scene from the movie

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