Man, did “The War of the Worlds” rock my world as a little kid. When this movie made the rounds on 1980’s television, it was arguably a bigger reason to celebrate than a “Godzilla” movie.
I’m a little puzzled to realize that neither the trailer or the original film poster below show the Martian ships, which were pretty damned nifty for a 50’s movie. I’m not sure why that is. (Maybe up to certain point the filmmakers wanted to save that as a surprise for people who bought a ticket?)
This isn’t the only adaptation of the classic 1898 H. G. Wells novel that I would come to love. A few years later, I wound up getting the famous 1939 radio play on cassette tape. And as an adult, I’ll always enjoy Steven Spielberg’s genuinely frightening big-budget 2005 version. I haven’t quite warmed to the new BBC series yet, but maybe that will change.