The War of the Worlds (1953)

Saturday, October 27
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1hr 25mins // directed by:Byron Haskin // featuring:Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne // 35mm

On the 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles' panic-inducing Halloween Night broadcast, we're proud to present The War of the Worlds as the opening film of the 2018 Halloween Horror Marathon!

Visionary producer George Pal brought the classic H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen, and it instantly became a science fiction classic and winner of the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects. It's a work of frightening imagination, with its manta-ray spaceships armed with cobra-like probes that shoot a white-hot disintegration ray. As formations of alien ships continue to wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson play the hero and heroine roles that were de rigueur for movies like this in the '50s, and their encounter with one of the Martians is as creepy today as it was in '53.