The Movie (1953) We humbly beseech Thy divine guidance, O Lord. Deliver us from the fear which has come upon us - the evil that draws ever nearer - from the terror that will soon knock at the very door of this, Thy house. We pray Thee, Lord - grant us the miracle of Thy divine intervention...
We humbly beseech Thy divine guidance, O Lord. Deliver us from the fear which has come upon us - the evil that draws ever nearer - from the terror that will soon knock at the very door of this, Thy house. We pray Thee, Lord - grant us the miracle of Thy divine intervention...
In 1953, movie mogul George Pal brought The War of the Worlds
to the big screen. He had already produced Destination Moon and
When Worlds Collide and would soon produce Conquest of Space and
The Time Machine, a film he would also direct. For The War of the Worlds,
George Pal enlisted the talents of Director Byron Haskin, who would he
again used for Conquest of Space.
In the film's climax, as the Martians are devastating Los Angeles, apparently without any force to stop them, on Martian heat rays blasts out the window of a church in which Dr. Forrester and Sylvia have taken refuge. At that moment, as if receiving direct retribution from God, the Martian War Machine veers off course and collapses into the street. Leaving the church, Forrester and Sylvia watch as a hatch on the crashed machine opens and the dying Martian's hand reaches out and then lays still. Once again, bacteria kill off the Martians but do so with a distinct vengeance.
The War of the Worlds movie is among the most classic of classic science fiction. The floating Martian Fighting Machines are among the most memorable designs ever shown on screen. Originally planned to be a walking device, as described in the novel, the production team decided that the necessary special effects would be too expensive and would not look real enough to be believable. In the end, they settled on the black-and-green curved design used in the film, which Dr. Forrester supposes is in fact walking on magnetic legs. The cobra-headed, blinking-eye Heat-Ray device also plays into religious imagery; not only are these beings Godless, they are also the agents of the Serpent himself.
- written by Rob Farquhar