Ain't It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com)
Movie News

Guns, tanks, bombs… They’re like toys against The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! 1953’s War of the Worlds is our focus today. Produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin (Robinson Crusoe On Mars, Treasure Island, Too Late For Tears) and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson this flick set the world on fire (heh) when it was released. It won the Oscar for its groundbreaking special effects, which we’ll see in the pic below. I actually have a lot of love for Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLDS, warts and all, but even Spielberg didn’t come close to topping these iconic sci-fi designs. Although they seem misnamed (no three legs... hell, not even one legs on these suckers), the tripods in the original rock so hard and now you can see them being set up! Here’s the pic! Enjoy (and click for the slightly bigger version)!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic features an alien of a completely different breed and is one of my favorite pics that I’ve collected. See ya’ then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future II
- The Time Machine


Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Thirst

    by Madmacks

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    What George Pal movie

    by shatners hairpiece

    will be featured tomorrow?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    That's awesome

    by vin_diggler

    I always assumed the models were small enough to fit in your palm. I never realized how bbig they actually were. Man I wish I was on that stage.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    My dad saw this film the first time round

    by alan_poon

    I love hearing about things like that. Back when going the cinema was still a magical experience.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    That is lovely

    by palimpsest

    Top work, my man.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Howard next tho...

    by palimpsest

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Nice

    by lead_sharp

    one :)

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Best photo of the day yet

    by A G

    by a long shot.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    zzzzz

    by RPLocke

    Wasn't this movie in color?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Cue Spielberg's WOTW sucks in 5..4..3..2..1

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Actually they had legs

    by peterhengl

    ...or at least they were supposed to. Three laser-like beams were supposed to come out of the ships, seemingly propelling them in the air. But the effect used to create this was a little too practical and made the ships melt. As a result they dropped it, but in one shot you can still see the beams if you look closely.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Howard the duck?

    by alan_poon

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I love this movie so much.

    by Yelsaeb

    I really, really love it. A lot. And I quite enjoyed Speilberg's version of the movie, too. I don't think he did a bad job at all.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Robinson Crusoe On Mars

    by gotilk

    That film LOOKED amazing. A visual feast in scope.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    So which Bond film . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . are you douches going to discuss in this pic of the day talk-back? Moonraker maybe?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    yer mama

    by vin_diggler

    please tell me your being sarcastic with that list. Bicentennial Man as #1? Get the F**k outa here!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Why didn't the army use land mines

    by RPLocke

    Hey guys the ships are landing.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Both films are great. Deal with it.

    by SoylentMean

    Just like that case of herpes, haters.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    And besides

    by palimpsest

    Williams delivers in WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, INSOMNIA and ONE HOUR PHOTO, all of which came after the movie mentioned above, whose name I shall not sully my keyboard by typing.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Great shit this

    by John_McClanes_Vest

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    You could just do shots from this for the next dozen

    by boogel

    and I'd be happy. How cool would it be to have a photo taken in the shop these were made in.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Everytime I hear a hula-hoop I'm reminded of this film

    by SoylentMean

    I'm pretty sure hula-hoops were used to make the crazy alien sounds for this movie. Which is why hula-hoops freak me out.<P> Although I gotta give credit to whomever came up with the hula-hoop idea. Pretty damn genius.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    WOTW

    by dukeroberts

    War of the Worlds was awesome. I do prefer The Day the Earth Stood Still, but they are quite different. I also liked the Spielberg version. There was some cool stuff in it: the train on fire, the river of dead bodies, the loud, blaring tripods.... pretty cool stuff. The original is better though. Someone mentioned Robinson Crusoe On Mars. I rented that, thinking it was going to be a super cheesy 60's sci fi film and found it to be really good. It was very well-writen and well-acted and it wasn't too over the top in its storytelling.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    yer mama

    by gotilk

    That's such a great list, post first choice, that I may actually make the effort to watch Bicentennial Man. But I swear if it's a joke, I will draw the Prophet Mo, send it to the Taliban and sign your name to it. You just have to give me your real name and address though. So do that now. And the postal address for the Taliban if you could. Xthxbye.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Man you were serious?

    by vin_diggler

    Even Robin Williams makes fun of how bad Bicentennial Man was. Just watch his latest HBO special.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    gotta watch this on dvd or blu

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    the version on tv always seemed too cropped and fuzzy, never took the time to sit through it

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    dukeroberts

    by gotilk

    Yeah, Robinson Crusoe on Mars holds up surprisingly well. And looks gorgeous in widescreen. It feels sort of like a really long Twilight Zone episode in color with a big budget.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Most recognizable reused movie sound?

    by bah

    After Wilhelm, of course.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Bicentennial Man

    by dukeroberts

    Yuck. That movie was slow torture. Slow, dull, painful, boring torture. Like A.I., but not even THAT good.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    gotlik

    by dukeroberts

    It is a beautiful looking movie. I like how much of the movie was based on real science and scientific ideas as opposed to just science fiction.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Free talkback name

    by gotilk

    BILL_COSBYS_POBKET_PBUSSY (inspired by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLC OSBY and the genius dentist monologue by Mr Jello Pudding himself)or<br>BILL_COSBY_TOUBUCHED_MYBYE_PBENIS <br>Good day, sir.<br><br><br><br><br> &thinsp;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;<br>I SAID GOOD DAY, SIR!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    dukeroberts

    by gotilk

    I really hope we get a HD version of the film soon. Blu Ray? HD broadcast? I believe it is in the Turner library. (whoever owns that now.. I can't keep track)

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    ID4 > WOTW

    by cookylamoo

    Because we actually win. It's unbelievable, but we win.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    CLASSIC SCI FI....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Next to the Original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the Blob and the Thing, War of The Worlds is one of my favorite Invasion Flicks... <p> I use to love watching this on an OLd School Television show called Family Classics.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    In WOTW

    by dukeroberts

    We won in that too. The aliens died due to our air pollution. Am I remembering that incorrectly?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    theycallmemrtibbs

    by dukeroberts

    Was that show on Sundays on WGN?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    This was a great movie, the remake not so much

    by cgih8r

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Has anyone ever noticed...

    by Kaitain

    ...that if you half-squeeze an edamame pod (preferably one with two soybeans inside) so that the beans are just starting to emerge from the pod, it looks like a 1953 War of the Worlds flying machine? <p> Try it. You'll be amazed. For at least five seconds.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I edited an interstitial for Turner Classic Movies

    by seagrass

    that starts with that exact quote! The piece is Spielberg discussing George Pal's WOTW.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I have a scene from this movie tattooed on my forearm.

    by Ironhelix

    Watched the movie with the tattoo artist, and he sketched up a rough outline while we had a few beers. After a few revisions, he tattooed it on me freehand (no stencil). He was so proud of the work that he took a bunch of pictures. Over the years, I have had several people recognize the work from seeing it in magazines.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    The win doesn't feel as earned unless

    by gotilk

    Jeff Goldblum has something to do with it.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Someone already pointed it out...

    by Ironhelix

    ...but I wanted to reiterate that the ships actually DO have 3 beams that are supposed to stabilize them like legs. It's even mentioned in the film, though I can't remember which character says it. Sure, they aren't real physical legs, but at least they tried.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Re: WOTW. *Nothing* beats...

    by Kaitain

    ...the Jeff Wayne version. Awesome.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Aww... I thought it was gonna be GODZILLA

    by 3D-Man

    Still, pretty cool pic. Is that "guns, tanks and bombs" line a famous quote from the film or something? Speaking of Godzilla, when are we gonna see some 'man in suit!' 'man in suit!' 'man in suit!'?!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU, QUINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Even today, whey I watch this movie...

    by Manos

    and see those ships rise out of the pits for the first time and hear that thrum thrum thrum, it still creeps me out.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I would love the opportuity to see this on the big screen

    by Manos

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and helllloooo desktop background

    by Manos

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Best creep out moment......

    by darthliquidator

    for me, anyway....as the three un-wise men approach the Goose-neck From Hell..it has its back to them ...then cut to a startling close up of the red, pulsating Cobra-head light...it sloooowwwly starts to turn around to face the three men....and as it turns and finally sees them, the metallic snake stalk lowers itself into predator-strike position. No matter how many times I see it, that moment makes my hair stand on end....(the only other two scenes from 50's sci-fi that did that to me...the little girl's hysterical reaction to the formic acid in "Them!" and the look on Kevin McCarthy's face in "Body Snatchers" when after kissing Dana Wynter, he realizes he has just smooched a soul-less Pod.

  • Heh heh

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    FRIENDS

    by Manos

    Crap

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    2 things:

    by Horgy

    1.) I liked Bicentennial Man. It was a little slow and cheesy at points, but overall, I thought it was a pretty good, watchable movie. The practical makeup effects were good too. You wouldn't see a robot done like that now. 2.) I'd LOVE to see a sequel to Spielberg's WotW. Not with the tripods coming back, but like, 20 years afterwards, with Earth dealing with the aftermath of the Tripods, and with technology reverse-engineered from the tripods.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    nice..

    by BBSloth

    http://bit.ly/didVYT

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Creepiness for me

    by diseptikon

    Has to be the aliens hand over Silvia's shoulder. Her look of sheer and utter silenced terror is something that will always stick with me. I must say though this movie did give me nightmares growing up as a kid. I could swear I would always heard the machines sounds throughout the day...

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    wow...

    by WeylandYutani

    really fun pic. I do enjoy reading this feature on my lunch every day.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    This WOTW film is my favorite sci fi movie.

    by Ingeld

    I loved it as a kid and I still do. The shape and sound of the martian war machines were perfect. (I liked the Spielberg version--everything but the farmhouse scene.) By the way I believe they reused these WOTW ships for Robinson Crusoe on Mars. That movie in my opinion suffered from only one problem--a cheesy name.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Kaitain

    by gotilk

    Oooooooo-Laaaaaaaaa!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Richard Burton's posthumous floating CG head

    by gotilk

    FTW! (as much as I hate typing that.. there is simply no better way of saying it)<br><br>http://tinyurl.com/3yny7le

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Electronic 'legs'

    by The StarWolf

    The Pal version had the machines being supported by three beams which acted sort of like STAR WARS 'repulsors'. You could occasionally barely make them out under the machines. I love the film, but I also love the Spielberg version which was closer to the feel of the novel, including the part where puny humans did manage to take out one of the warmechs before the aliens are affected by the viruses.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    hated bicentennial man....

    by The_Cliffster

    boring and sickly sweet....

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    yer mama...Robin Williams was great in

    by snitchseeker

    World's Greatest Dad last year.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    One of my earliest film memories.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    WOTW scared the fuck outta me, on network TV. I was about seven years old. <p>Got in trouble at school for the rest of the week, constantly drawing the martian warships instead of learning the fucking catechisms. Even then, I knew what was REALLY important.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Today they're taking over our bodies!

    by Nem_Wan

    The 1988-1990 TV series was a guilty pleasure. I think it was packaged in syndication with seasons 2 and 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show continued to use (sparingly) the alien and ship designs and sound effects from the George Pal film. Of course the new body-snatching bit was a money saving and actor-involving device that would prove useful again on the 2003 Battlestar Galactica.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Everyone's ragging on Bicentennial Man...

    by Etienne72772

    But nobody comments on Yer Mama's choice of "best scifi" being "Beyond Thunderdome"??? WTF? Road Warrior I can see on the list. I actually liked Beyond Thunderdome, but it belongs on nobody's top five list!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Best Movie Sound Effect Ever

    by th3480

    Martian death ray

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Wahwahwahwahwahwah...Kaboom!

    by ObiBen

    Love it. And very cool picture.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Where was the war in 2005's War of the Worlds?

    by MediaGold

    I love love love the 1950 version and the coolest part in that is when the army lets those little bastards have it. All we get in the 2005 one are a few helicopters and tanks going over a hill, a few explosions and - that's all, folks! All the fighting, what little there was, took place off camera. Where were the kick ass battle sequences? I realize SS was trying to be different but FUCK "War" is in the god damn title! You could've had your family drama AND some awesome action bits Stevie boy but nooooooooo! Oh well, maybe we'll get another remake in 2060.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Dakota Fanning. One of the worst actresses

    by RPLocke

    of her generation. RUINED War of the Worlds. OMG that was awful.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    WOTW FTW!

    by Clavius

    Like a fine bordeaux, it's a vintage '53 aged to perfection.<br> <br>FORRESTER!, FORRESTER!...DOCTOR CLAYTON FORRESTER!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    very badass BTS pic man!

    by Excelciyour

    That movie gets better not only with age but each sucky update of HG Wells' classic. Spielberg in bed with the US military after their public falling out post CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and ET. Why put the US army in a movie battling aliens if none of them are shown dead or wounded (NONE!) or make a bad decision either. Only thing worst than that? The painfully long basement sequence with Tim Robbins.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Re: WAR OF THE WORLDS

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Sorry, but, as far as I'm concerned, Spielberg's WOTW was yet another in a long series of his directorial misfires. Stop trying to keep up with the kids, Steve, and go back to making those distinctive popcorn classics that pretty much put you where you are now. In ten years, no one will be waxing nostalgic over A.I., THE TERMINAL or even MINORITY REPORT, but, with the kind of track record that includes E.T., RAIDERS, JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, JURASSIC PARK and everything but the first and last five minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, I guess you can afford to fuck off for the rest of your career. Have fun. Hell, even the syndicated WOTW series from the Eighties managed to get it right (it helped that they reused the designs and replicated the effects of the original film) ... except for the "V"-style "the aliens are pretending to be humans" scenario, which, given how un-human the aliens were shaped, didn't make a lot of sense.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" is the best inasion film ever. A

    by Proman1984

    No warts. Just a great film that is routinely critisized for the things that it did RIGHT. Not only is it a faitful adaptation of the novel (well, it is - and yes I do mean the ending, especially) it also a true cinematic experince. It's deeply sad and downbeat but it's not nihilistic. Think about this for a second. The fact that Tom's son survived was a masterstroke. We, as viewers, should not have been rooting for him to perish (and I wasn't) and despite all of the violience, the we. Also, it about the need to protect the family but it's realistic about the family not always staying together as a single unit. The car attack, the burning train, the first attack, the ferry that goes from a safe heaven to the last place you want to be... all images for the ages. The movie has an amazing sound design and the set peices have weight, the have depth, you really feel like actual building are being destroyed as opposed to a pixel deep images. Great film!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    You're right Proman

    by Neck_Lucas

    It is the best inansion film ever.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Oh, and that little film...

    by snitchseeker

    Schindler's List. Glad he doesn't just make 'popcorn classics.'

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I'm Doctor Clayton Forrester!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And I'm TV's Frank...!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I like the '50s version a lot.

    by cyberskunk

    I eventually read the book and thought it was neat how the heat ray was described. It'd set things on fire easily but you wouldn't actually see the ray. As I recall. But, about this version. I really liked how graceful the Martian spaceships were. Just cruising slowly around, blasting everything. The sound was re-used in a macintosh Star Trek game (in the late '80s) for one of the phaser weapons used by an alien ship type. Maybe it was the Gorn ship... it's been awhile.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Still need a Victorian era War of the Worlds. Duh.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah well get me a behind the scenes pic of Alec Baldwin

    by UltraTron

    putting on the batsuit in '89. And Winona Ryder in the catsuit trying out for Returns. People probably have no idea these pictures exist.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I thought there was a Victorian era version

    by cyberskunk

    But that it was really bad. Hmmm... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425638/ <p> wikipedia entry on it http://tinyurl.com/252kd2q

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Here's a trailer for the Victorian era version.

    by cyberskunk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8iLYvDKU5s

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Talkback

    by dukeroberts

    Has anybody seen my Twilight Zone talkback? What the heck happened to the TZ articles? They were great.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    It's a beautiful movie

    by Jim_Kirks_Crunchy_Delicious_Chair_Apple

    Technicolor, lean editing, and every scene is composed like a souvenir post card. Arguably the best of '50s sci fi. And one of the best movies of that decade period.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I prefer Spielberg´s movie

    by CuervoJones

    I guess i suck and i´m gay and i must die of AIDS. Long live to AICN talkbackers.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Religious stuff

    by CuervoJones

    The problem of the 50´s movie is the christian propaganda. The original book crapped on religion. HG Wells was a socialist, after all.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Whoa, whoa, Winona Ryder as Catwoman pics???

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    AICN should direct all it's funds into uncovering these pictures for the good of humanity.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    "They'll probably move at dawn... "

    by KelseysNuts

    Fantastic film. One of my earliest memories of watching films at home as a young child (4-5 years old) was being scared shitless by the sounds of the Martian machines. I like Spielberg's version as well (the tripod design and sounds in his version were top notch), but this is an absolute classic. The 'guns, tanks, planes...' line was delivered by the US Army General, played by Les Tremayne.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    As an adaptation ...

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    ... they both are lacking, but I'd rather watch Spielberg's. I thought it was pretty awesome, just from a visceral point of view. Yeah the kid showing up at the end is kind of lame, and the part with Tim Robbins not very good, but there are a lot of exciting and scary scenes. That shit on the ferry where you see the one underwater is nightmarish.<p>I'd still like to see a big budget adaptation that is at least the same era as the novel.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by KelseysNuts

    A Victorian WOTW would be nice to see, but can't believe that project would get OK'd by today's money men. On the other hand, judging by what's been offered on-screen this summer, you never know. For right now, I'll take both versions that we have and be very happy. Let's not forget, Pal had the nads to drop a nuke outside of LA using the Flying Wing! Not even Spielberg had the balls to match that.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    yer mama

    by sith_rising

    in case you guys haven't figured it out by now, he's joking. he does this with every topic - list 3 "maybes" and 2 "WTF" movies, just to make you think he MIGHT be serious. If he just listed 5 crappers, then you'd know he's trolling. It's quite funny. I look forward to more of them.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    This is great

    by detectivesoap

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    cue classic scream!

    by redrain

    Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. [For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.] Amen.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott and Paul Bettany for a true adaptation, please.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    i think that

    by redrain

    when worlds collide would me next?

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    Spielberg's WOTW did have some great moments, not bad at all!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    would me next? where is my coffee!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Cool!

    by LaserPants

    Great pic! I love miniatures. Even though it doesn't look "realistic" like all the cgi stuff these days, there's something way better about this. It's like the filmmakers cared more or something. They had to wrench alot more out of very little. Love it!<br><br>Btw, don't understand the hate for Spielberg's take on it. I actually really liked his version alot too. Thought it was pretty scary. The end was terrible, though -- not the virus ending, that's consistent with the book and the original film version, the "everything is okay at grammas house" ending. That was D U M B. But the rest of it I thought was pretty cool.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    spielbergs WOTW

    by Spunkmonkey

    Lost me when Dakota Fanning and him ended up in the basket waiting to be shredded. </p> <p>In that scenario they would have been shredded. My suspension of disbelief was pushed a little too far by that scene.</p> <p>Its a shame because there were nice touches ... though the burying of the craft and arrival by lightening didn't really do it for me I did like the scene where he is dusting off his friends in the mirror. And the refugee scenes. And the crashed plane </p> <p> I just wished they had left him as an everyman witnessing the end of the world whilst trying to protect his kids rather than have him turn into Ethan Hunt half way through the film. </p> <p> Also might have had more poigniancy if someone important had died - preferably Tom or Dakota, rather than the convenient happy ending he plumped for.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Don't Get The Hate For Spielberg's Version

    by LaserPants

    Barring the stupid "everything's okay at grammas house!" ending in which it appears the aliens completely avoided blowing up Boston, though the rest of the world lies in ruin, I thought it was pretty cool. Some genuinely scary moments and cool efx / sound. As far as Giant Robot Monster flix go it was WAAAAAAY better than Bayformers. This tripods reminded me of the Invid from Robotech / Mospeada.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Spudmonkey

    by LaserPants

    Totally agree that someone important shoudl have died. That was REALLY dumb. At the very least, his son should have died. It shoulda ended with Cruise and Fanning standing on a hill over a ruined Boston, determined to rebuild and live again. Woulda been a better nod to 9/11 fear / aftermath too which his movie was clearly exploiting.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Laserpants

    by Spunkmonkey

    That would have been a better ending - to be honest pretty much anything I can imagine would have been a better ending. In fact quite a good ending might have been that they get to the house and it's in ruins! Anything really that would have had me leaving the cinema wondering what the future might hold for the Tom & co. in light of their experiences. Apart from the possible psychological trauma of killing a man with his bear hands (which he seemed to get over pretty quickly) you kind of got the feeling everything would be back to normal in a few weeks! house is fine, kids are fine, ex wife fine. Back to work on the docks Monday!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I watched BTTF3 again last night

    by Abominable Snowcone

    That film needed more Lea Thompson. And a make-out scene with Lea and Lis Shue making out. Maybe with Steenburger touching herself in a corner.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I meant bare hands ...

    by Spunkmonkey

    I dont think Cruise has bear hands ... racoon hands maybe!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Excellent!!

    by Arcangel2020

    I have to say that the original 1953/George Pal version of War of The Worlds is one of my all time favorite classic Sci-Fi movies from any era (40ies, 50ies, 60ies etc etc...) Sure if you watch it nowadays? The acting is classic over-the-top 1950ies cheesy movie-acting and the special effects are old-OLD school..but as a little kid watching THIS movie (among many, many others)..well..as an adult now it still has a special spot in my heart for such a cool movie. I was pretty dispoointed with the Steven Speilberg version with Tom "I am a total Tool" Cruise that came out a few years back. I still remember the late 80ies/very early 90ies TV series "War of The Worlds" that tried to capture the feel and the magic of the original Movie (in fact Ann Robinson even had a cameo AND one of the original tripod ships even made an appearence too...but nothing could really save the series due to bad acting and useless plot basically) One last note...back when I lived in Loas Angeles and I would commute to work..every day I would pass by the City Hall building and often times I would think of that Iconic scene out of War of The Worlds where you had the ALien Invader Tripod Ship demolishing downtown 50ies LA and the City Hall Building figured prominently in it. Keep up the great work on this collumn...loving each one that is written!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Winona Ryder / Catwoman

    by cyberskunk

    If I remember right, she really wanted the role so she publicized herself by chiding Tim Burton on a talk show while wearing a Catwoman costume. I saw this. Unless I have my actresses mixed up. :| It was parodied in a Tiny Toons cartoon.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Yeah, they had Legs.

    by Geomancer21

    occasionally you could make them out, even in the US version. They kinda sizzled. and if you looked under the ships you could see spots burning/sparking where they touched the ground.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Lets not forget ...

    by Spunkmonkey

    The Jeff Wayne version "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one," he said. "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one - but still they come!" Thought they were planning to animate this

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    cyberskunk

    by Meglos

    You're probably thinking of Sean Young.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Jeff Wayne WOTW

    by ProfGriffin

    Love that 'rock opera' version. Forever Autumn was a top ten hit back in the late 70's wasn't it? At least I remember hearing it all the time on the radio. "Now your not here!"

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    I loved Spielberg's WOTW.

    by BilboRing

    I thought it was great. Everytime I see a thunder storm coming I automatically think of that scene in the beginning of the movie. I really thought it was great.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Meglos

    by cyberskunk

    Thanks very much for clearing that up for me. That explains why I wasn't able to find a youtube vid of Winona Wyder from the talk show but found Sean Young in costume from the talk show immediately.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    underappreciated old sci fi films

    by redrain

    how about, 1.Robinson Crusoe On Mars,2.crack in the world, 3.Quatermass and the Pit, thats all for now.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    oh,and one more thing

    by redrain

    7 Faces of Dr. Lao(ok fantasy)

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    redrain

    by Spunkmonkey

    This Island Earth - or is that too appreciated? Unrelated ... I wish they would remake some of the Fu Mancu films.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Best creep out moment......

    by redrain

    Barbara Judd sees our past in "Quatermass and the Pit"

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Spunkmonkey

    by redrain

    thats a winner!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    keep the ball rolling folks!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Not Winona - Was Sean Young

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    Winona Rider did not put on the cat woman suit to get the role - that was Sean Young.<p> Story being she had been originally cast in the first batman movie but had broken her leg during stunt training/rehearsals and was replaced. So when the role of Catwoman was being discussed for a subsequent movie, she felt she was somehow entitled to the part and just showed up - when she was told she would have to audition, she stormed out and went batshit insane - including showing up on TV talk shows in the role of catwoman.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    These George Pal pix made me think

    by skimn

    of Jack Arnold's Universal output in the '50s, It Came From Outer Space, The Incredible Shrinking Man (classic), Creature From The Black Lagoon (ditto), Tarantula (one of the better giant bug flicks), even Peter Sellers' The Mouse That Roared..

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I like Spielberg's WOTW

    by SithMenace

    It has some problems, but there are way too many things about that film that work to just dismiss it as a movie that sucks. Just the the various sounds the tripods make is worth the price of admission.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by redrain

    Jack Arnold, yes!!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The Monolith Monsters

    by redrain

    story by Jack Arnold, yes!!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    underappreciated old sci fi directors

    by redrain

    pal,arnold and corman

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's WOTW

    by skimn

    If you can accept it as the Tom Cruise Show, it IS all about him and his parenting problems, it has some great set pieces. The initial attack with the vaporizing victims, the auto 360 degree tracking scene, the reveal of the downed plane, the ferry attack...Spielberg still has a great eye for visuals.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise Show

    by redrain

    to be honest i don't care what Tom Cruise (or any other actor) does in his spare time! don't care at all! is he a good actor? i think so, but then again i am an idiot!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    he's rebuilding an engine, IN HIS FUCKING KITCHEN!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    when the machine rises up (long shot)in that town near the expressway, i think to myself "why the fuck can't michael bay think like that!" that one scene evokes more emotion(dread) then all of transformer's 1 and 2 combined!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    WHERE IS MY ROBOJOX REMAKE!!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    the hate for Spielberg's wotw

    by redrain

    he brought what is an epic story and made it a very personal story. i like that move, but i think a lot of people didn't.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I never read Wells but I understand that the book

    by skimn

    is about one man's journey (it also includes the farmhouse scene), so in that regard Spielberg's version is very much like the book. I like it also, but like Minority Report a bit more.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    making the epic personal

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Well I doubt any adaptation, even a late 19th century based one, will out and out adapt the book. I don't remember it too well, but I think it was lacking in the personality dept. <p>I don't buy that Spielberg's version was about Tom Cruise's home life. Tom Cruise is big but Spielberg is bigger

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    the hate for Spielberg's wotw

    by redrain

    spielberg's Politics are starting to creep into his movies more and more. asking "is it the terrorist, daddy" thats fine but the whole tim robbins ranting in the basement stuff was lame!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    wotw 1953

    by redrain

    the 1953 version tried to make the story more epic, showing world landmarks destroyed, with the army in los angeles,atomic bomb,ect. people i think wanted to see more of that in the remake?

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Minority Report

    by redrain

    thats a damm good movie! some people find A.I. corny, myself i think that movie is fucking epic in scale! asking interesting questions about human nature.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    WHERE'S MY WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE REMAKE!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    THE_CHOPPAH

    by redrain

    I like the cut of your jib

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    best photo ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DioxholsterReturns

    thanks alot man!!!!!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Why do we hate Spielberg's War of the Worlds?

    by RPLocke

    Because it was a depressing, shitty story where you couldn't root for anyone. And it wasn't even exciting.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Maybe it should be called War of the Worlds From One Man's Persp

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I mean the book, of course, since that's what it is

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    quote from the book

    by cyberskunk

    "And before we judge of them too harshly we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?"

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    WHEN FISHUS MET CHOPPAH

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    http://tinyurl.com/39pw4wt<BR><BR>Sequel to AsimovLives vs THE CHOPPAH:<BR><BR>http://tinyurl.com/2fmm5x4

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    God I wish that picture was 30 times bigger

    by JT Kirk

    So cool, but so small.<p>Spielberg's War of the Worlds doesn't work for me, it's got some interesting ideas but a lot of stuff that doesn't gel, and some set pieces that stink of being JUST set pieces, not part of a larger story.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    goddamn I love that movie

    by MurderMostFowl

    I forced my family to watch the original on laserdisc after the spielberg one was such a horrible letdown. <BR><BR> That scene with the robot eye probe scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic

    by BetaSword

    and Awesome Movie. Still the best "War of the Worlds"-Movie in my opinion.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    1950s: fav movie decade

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    it usd to be 60s for a long time but honestly its now 50s for its scifi, fantasy, and some westerns.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Spielberg was faithful to George Pal not H.G. Wells

    by Nem_Wan

    George Pal turned the story into early Cold War propaganda, with heavy-handed Christianity (this was the decade Congress mandated the God had to be in the Pledge of Allegiance and on paper money) and the alien invasion was made to stand in for nuclear war. Spielberg faithfully transposed Pal's allegorical intentions to the fears of contemporary America. That doesn't make it good.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    yer mama

    by REDD

    Wow...Armageddon? LOL! Yeah, forget 2001, Blade Runner or Alien...etc.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    City Hall

    by uglyMood

    I used to have a copy of War of the Worlds on VHS that I'd taped off the air. One day my roommate was in a frustrating and interminable phone call with a bureaucrat at the LA City Hall. I popped in the tape and fast-forwarded to the scene where the Martian death machines blow it up. For the remainder of the call, we watched City Hall being disintegrated over and over and over... The miniature they used for that scene was a good eight or nine feet tall and made mostly of plaster, which is why it looks so convincing on-screen. The miniature Martian machines were so large because they were fully functional -- there was an insane amount of wiring and stuff inside them for the lighting and the deathray goosenecks. Power was delivered via some of the support wires.