Screening as part of our Dark Skies: Invasion season July 7th to 29th. Click for more info. Multipass for four films (excluding Aliens) is available for €35 at IFI Box Office.
H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel of a devastating global Martian attack is updated to ‘50s California in Byron Haskin’s enduring cold war classic, an Oscar-winner for its then innovative use of special effects.
Professor Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) witnesses what he assumes to be a meteor crashing close to his home, out of which emerges a hovering Martian craft which proceeds to obliterate everything in its path, one of many such extra-terrestrial war machines appearing across the country in what becomes a war for the survival of humanity.