HANGOVER MATINEES: THE COLOR OF SPACE - The War of the Worlds (w/ Ann Robinson in person!)

Live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!
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Byron Haskin’s 1953 The War of the Worlds (adapted from the story by H.G. Wells) lives and breathes Technicolor, determined to play out like a “realistic” alien invasion. Ricocheting between news reel narration highlighting the effects of the attack worldwide, and the still-fresh memories of WW2 and the atomic bomb — via shockingly violent battle sequences — Worlds is the quintessential marriage of Technicolor and sci-fi. A grab bag loaded with square dancing, instantaneous cremation, delightfully innovative special effects, and a handful of oddly chilling, one-eyed (three-lensed), anemic, seemingly merciless invaders, it’s a shockingly eerie and unsettling oddity of ‘50s sci-fi, equal parts intelligent and goofy. With heaping spoonfuls of scientific explanation delivered by a hunky leading man, we promise this gem’s eye-popping color will melt your puny humanoid brain.

Dir. Byron Haskin, 1953, 35mm, 85 min.

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