And then I thought:
League, you clever bastard! You're good looking AND brilliant.
Previous War of the Worlds posts:
War of the Worlds, 70 Years Ago
The League goes to see "War of the Worlds"
Lo and behold, there you go. Two posts to refer to. And I'm still a fan. I was looking at my copy of the DVD and realized I hadn't watched it in... oh, two years or so.
Perhaps I respond to the movie because (a) the radio play freaked me out when I first heard it, knowing exactly what the story was with the broadcast, not to mention I was listening to it on cassette, and (b) because I recall watching the movie with The Admiral and being too old to be genuinely scared by movies, but realizing this was really one of the first films I'd seen where "we" lost.
All that aside, some of what's nifty is in the details. I still like that the martians in the 1953 movie are truly non-humanoid (unlike, say, Klaatu).
They also don't come with a message to save us or demonstrate some sort of enlightenment. In fact, they basically show up with canisters of Humans-B-Gone.
|I have only eye/s for you...|
Land: they aren't making more of it. And on a gut level, we kind of understand the terror of clearing out the locals to make way for our strip malls and Tasty Freeze franchises (or whatever Martians ultimately planned to do) because that's what we're really good at. Just, you know, the audience reading the book hadn't been on the receiving end in quite a while.
And these sorts of fables stick with you, I suppose.
I'm also a huge fan of the design of the Martian vehicles as designed in the book (at least how its described, which is @#$%ing terrifying, and which Spielberg sort of got right), and while they couldn't animate the tripod legs for the 50's-era film and so made the vehicle a hovercraft, it's still totally rad. One day I shall own a model of the Martian invasion crafts. Oh, yes, I will.
|A surefire way to not get cut off on the freeway.|
There have been a few nifty cross-overs for fans like myself.
As you know, Superman appeared in 1938, the same year of the "War of the Worlds" Mercury Theater Broadcast. Somebody ran some numbers and put this out a while back, which I thought was a nifty read.
|Superman tries to prevent these nefarious illegal aliens from dropping anchor babies|
|Martian X-treme off-roading|
This little post sort of suggested further exploration of War of the Worlds in comics, so I amy need to look into that.
For some serious weirdness,look up Jeff Wayne's prog-rock musical thing of War of the Worlds.