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War of the Worlds

H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the invasion of the Earth by Martians is an all-time classic. Although there has been a remake, the original is still our favourite. The story is a classic but there is scientifc truth here. If an alien race had the technology to travel here and build war machines like the one below, then there is nothing we have that could stand against them. It is also true that they would be vulnerable to infection, you only need to look at our own history to see what happened to the Incas etc where they developed infections they had never seen before. Personally, I think an alien race capable of coming here and building the death machine would have surveyed the enviornment and developed medical countermeasures before leaving the safety of their ships.


After the success of 1950's Destination Moon and 1951's When Worlds Collide, visionary producer George Pal brought the classic HG Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen, and it instantly became a science-fiction classic and winner of the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects. It's a work of frightening imagination, with its manta-ray spaceships armed with cobra-like probes that shoot a white-hot disintegration ray. As formations of alien ships continue to wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson play the hero and heroine roles that werede rigueur for movies like this in the 50s, and their encounter with one of the Martians is as creepy today as it was in 1953. It finally takes an unseen threat--simple Earth bacteria--to conquer the alien invaders, but not before War of the Worlds has provided a dazzling display of impressive visual and sound effects. This is a movie for the ages, the kind of spectacle that inspired little kids such as Steven Spielberg (not to mention Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, whose Independence Day is a remake in all but name) and still packs a punch


A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the fut ure of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. A remake of the 1953 science fiction classic WAR O F THE WORLDS.