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“The War of the Worlds”

“The War of the Worlds” H.G. Wells’ 1998 sci-fi novel about an invasion of England by aliens from Mars was turned into a terrifyingly scary radio play in 1938 by Orson Welles who set the action in America. The dramatic adaptation was so real to radio audiences, listeners actually thought there was an invasion, Paramount brought Wells’ tale to the screen in 1953 in a fanciful George Pal-produced thriller directed by Bryon Haskin and featuring Oscar-wining special effects. In this version, the Martians and their deathly Heat-Ray go on the rampage in Southern California where they make mincemeat out of Los Angeles City Hall. In 2005, Spielberg offered his CGI-laden version with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning that shows that war,” according to the director “through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it!” Alien Demeanor: Foe
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