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General Information:
Year Released: 1953
Country: US
Director: Bryon Haskin
Literary Source: H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds

Winner of the 1953 Oscar for Special Effects

The Promise of Science: Alien Life

The martians are weak when removed from their flying machines and exposed to our atmosphere.

War of the Worlds (1953, US) is another invasion film that features a much more immediate threat than The Thing. Alien war machines land on earth and begin destroying everything they can. Despite the military's best efforts, they can not be destroyed -- but eventually they die when exposed to a normal human virus. Like the Thing, these aliens have a weakness and are ultimately defeated.

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