Thursday, October 18, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 18 - Movie 2

After a meteor strikes outside a small California town, Martian war machines rise up out of the ground and start destroying everything in their path. The same thing is happening all across the earth, with more and more of them arriving, and nothing can stop them.

You can't get more classic than War of the Worlds (1953). Beautifully filmed with those well designed, and terrifying Martian war machines, their mysterious, and predatory nature amplified by the incredible sound design, this is simply a suspenseful tale well told. Granted, the religious angle to the film is a bit preachy, and the very visible wires and wrinkles on the backdrop are a bit unfortunate (and an instance, much like with Frankenstein (1931) where I'd be okay with some George Lucas-ish digital clean-up), overall the film remains a masterpiece.

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