On this very night in 1938, Orson Welles’s production of the H. G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds, convinced many unwary radio listeners that a Martian invasion was underway. The next day, Welles told reporters he was deeply sorry for scaring people—and you can watch his “apology” below.
If you think the posters Mondo releases are cool, wait until you see the ones they can’t. For every poster that makes it to print, several alternate versions are canceled, for a slew of different reasons. Once a year, Mondo pulls back the curtain on its most beautiful failures.
The whole point of a post-apocalyptic story is that someone survives. But when you have a calamity that wipes out 99.9 percent of all humans, then how exactly do you explain the survivors? In honor of the new Maze Runner movie, here are the 14 dumbest ways people survive the apocalypse. »
A 1917 poster by French artist Henri Montassier offers hope for a quick conclusion to the war through new technology. But, his image has little in common with the armored vehicles under development. Instead, he unveiled a weapon that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Martian war machines from The War of The Worlds. »
Nobody explains things better than Morgan Freeman. No matter how nonsensical, crazy or profound, everything sounds better when he explains it. We only use 10 percent of our brains? Sure. A mystical prophecy? Makes sense. But just to prove it, here are nearly 40 clips of Freeman explaining stuff. »
Nowadays, when people want to add a sound effect to a movie, they mostly just pull up a digital archive, choose a sound, and drag and drop. But in the pre-digital age, people created sounds using whatever objects were close to hand. Here are the 10 most unusual sources for your favorite sound effects. »
Sometimes, you see a movie that opens up a whole universe of possibilities, leaving you wondering where these characters will go next. So much adventure waiting to happen! And then... there are movies that really don't need a sequel, but get one anyway. Here are 10 film sequels that it's really hard to believe… »
Greetings, folks. Sorry if I'm a bit snappy today in my answers; but I'm in a bad mood. I set up the first mailbox in town so people could drop off their letters (and I didn't have to personally pick them up), but someone, I don't know who, keeps pooping in it. I know civilization's been destroyed for 30 years, but… »
Sometimes, it's easy to feel like you're losing your grip on reality — especially when everybody else around you is losing theirs, as well. History is full of weird incidents of mass hysteria, where insanity from person to person, or took over a whole community at once. Here are the most uncanny incidents of shared… »
If someone ever invents a machine to let us visit other universes, the first thing we'll do is head for the DVD section. Because the history of science fiction and fantasy is full of things that almost happened — to the point where there's test footage, screen tests, and audition tapes online. Here's some of the most… »
Check out this weird timeline of book covers, showing which colors dominated on their Penguin book covers over the years. It looks like War of the Worlds had a long yellow period, while Journey to the Center of the Earth was cream-colored for decades. Arthur Buxton created this graphic to honor Jules Verne's 185th… »
Behold the wondrous opening sequence of Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Any movie that starts with Morgan Freeman's cask-aged voice, telling us we're screwed, is off to a great start. Many science-fiction movies open with voiceover narration, which prepares you for greatness... or bombards you with backstory. »
On Sunday, Oct. 30th in 1938 Orson Welles broadcast a dramatization of War of The Worlds from his New York Studio. And the exceptionally realistic retelling of H.G. Wells' classic alien invasion story caused a whole nation to panic. It's strange to listen to now, especially after various false reports generated a lot… »
War changes everything. War is an apocalypse and a technological revolution and a life-changing adventure, all rolled into one. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most indelible stories are about warfare. »
This is the last weekend for an exhibit that includes some trippy art like the above "War of the Worlds" painting by José Segrelles, alongside some glorious paintings by Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger, Boris Vallejo and more. "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic" is ending on Sunday, at the Allentown Art Museum of the… »
War of the Worlds deserved the splash it made when it first came out, from both a dramatic and scientific point of view. It did, however, wreck my youthful ideas of space travel. Fortunately, science has recuperated them. »