Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults
Podcast length: 57:20
This time on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, we’re digging deeper into “War of the Worlds“, the classic Sci-Fi story written by H.G. Wells in 1897. This story was the inspiration for the 1938 Radio play by Orson Wells and Mercury Radio Theatre, multiple movie adaptations, a TV Show, and….a Rock Opera!
Here’s one of the few instances where we all agree: ‘War of the Worlds’ is absolute required watching/listening for any Sci-Fi Fan. From the 1938 Radio play which caused people to literally flee their homes believing that a Martian invasion was underway, to the 1953 movie classic, to the remakes in 2005, War of the Worlds is a story that continues to resonate with audiences and indeed, our entire species. We can even see parallels between McCarthyism and the ‘Red Scare’ and an alien invasion. We really liked that the 1953 version had a very global feel, as if the event isn’t just impacting the United States, but the entire world. Ia liked how the Aliens had pre-buried the ships in the new version, and shared a theory about how the Aliens ‘planted’ the ships in anticipation of later harvesting humanity. Not my blood!
Sure, the visual effects from the 1953 version are dated, and we can certainly forgive that. Jonathan found that the ’53 characters seemed very much a caricature of that time. Jonathan really enjoyed the 2005 version, but Ian didn’t like that closed story that focused so much on one family. Ian was looking for a story bigger in scope, like the 1953 version. We all agreed the son’s character motivations were silly and confusing. Rem thought a death of a family member was necessary in order to sell the story. In the 2005 version, we all agreed we could have done with the Tim Robbins sequence.
War of the Worlds is absolutely necessary viewing and listening. Probably best to start with the 1953 movie, then go listen to the 1938 Radio Play. Move on to the Spielberg version from 2005 and explore the War of the Worlds Musical done by Jeff Wayne.
There’s plenty more in the War of the Worlds Universe, here’ your homework:
Read the original HG Wells Story at:
Listen to the 1938 Radio Broadcast at:
Opening intro to the 1998 TV series adapation
Night That Panicked America (1975) Full TV Movie
War of the Worlds live @ Manchester Arena HD COPY Saturday 8th December 2012 (08/12/2012) with Liam Neeson
Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds
For the David Michael Latt film, see H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds (2005 film).
For the Timothy Hines film, see H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (2005 film)
For the Steven Spielberg film, see War of the Worlds (2005 film)
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Sci Fi Movie Podcast War of the Worlds