The Mercury Theater of the Air, Directed by a young Orson Welles, scared the hell outta a lot of people on October 30, 1938, with the radio drama "The War Of The Worlds".
But that was good theater!
For October 30, 2013 I want to present:
BATTLE OF THE WORLDS - 1961
Yes Retro-heads, here is a science fiction film only the Italians could make. "Battle of the Worlds" is unlike any film I can remember. It's so wrong in so many ways I don't know where to begin.
But the truth is . . . this movie has a way of working a sorta twisted magic on you, if you watch it through to the end.
If you like old-style rocket ships and beautiful women, then this film may have a special appeal to you. If you like special effects that are laughable, there's plenty here to keep you in stitches.
But the real star of this show is the memorable performance of that great actor, Claude Rains. He steals every scene he's in. If it wasn't for Claude Rains the movie may have disappeared decades ago.
You can catch the entire movie on YouTube, or you can go directly to the Internet Archive and save a copy to your thumb drive. "Battle of the Worlds" has long passed into the public domain, now anyone can stare in amazement at one of the strangest movies ever.