Nightmare Fuel: The War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version:

See here.

Orson Welles' Radio Drama:

"There's a jet of flame springing from the mirror, and it leaps right at the advancing men. It strikes them head on! Good Lord, they're turning into flame! ... Now the whole field's caught fire! The woods — the barns — the gas tanks of automobiles — it's spreading everywhere! It's coming this way — about twenty yards to my ri—"
DEAD AIR.

  • "Isn't there anyone on the air? Isn't there anyone on the air? Isn't there anyone?"

1953 film:

  • The war machines, especially when first seeing the film as a young kid. In many ways, I find them more terrifying than the tripods from the 2005 film. The minimalist, yet hauntingly simple design with the pulsating heat-ray, the booming sound of the disintegrator rays. When the Marines attack, the Martians are just sitting there, waiting, the heat-rays swaying back and forth as they identify targets. Then, they open fire with all three of their weapons...
    • On top of that, one simple line from General Mann:
    "Once they begin to move, no more news comes out of that area."
  • Pretty much the majority of the last third of the movie. The air raid sirens, people leaving, sanctuaries, and a kid with a dog robbing a mell-o cream cart are just a few of the dread that's going to happen. It is a horror movie, after all.

The 2005 Film and 1988 TV series: