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Nightmare Fuel / Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

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  • The musical scores and audio all help to add to a nightmarish atmosphere, but special mention goes to the hostile aliens' cry of "Ulla", a sound that is truly frightening, especially the first time you hear it.
  • This particular version also has an epilogue set in the present day focusing on a scientist who begins observing green flashes from Mars. Slowly we begin hearing reprisals of some of the music heard when the Martians were beginning their invasion, which get faster and faster, mixed with the scientist trying to reach contact with "someone" on the radio, along with the aforementioned "UFO" noises… and then it just stops abruptly.
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  • The deaths of Parson Nathaniel and his wife Beth. Beth is the most idealistic and unambiguously good character in the story, whose optimism almost manages to bring her husband out of his insanity. Then a Martian cylinder falls on the house and crushes her to death, pushing Nathaniel further into madness. Nathaniel snaps when he's sees the Martian's drinking blood, lets out a horrifying scream and begins shouting deliriously, alerting the Martians to their presence. The Narrator knocks him out but can't stop his body from being dragged away to his death. All the while the terrifying "Red Weed Pt. 2" theme grows in intensity until it becomes deafening. When it finally calms down, the listener will breath a sigh of relief.
  • The Journalist's descriptions of people trying to escape London in Forever Autumn can become this. Besides the fact that he describes the Martians "cutting through bridges as though they were paper" and "appearing above Big Ben" (which only serves to make sure you know just how terrifyingly powerful these things are), he also goes into great detail about people's increasingly panicked reactions as London is burned down around them. The monotone, detached reading of it just makes it all the more unnerving.
    Journalist: This was no disciplined march; it was a stampede, without order and without a goal. Six million people unarmed and unprovisioned, driving headlong. It was the beginning of the rout of civilisation - of the massacre of mankind.
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