Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present excerpts of Orson Welles’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween.
What drove 1.2 million Americans from New Jersey to San Francisco to the brink of suicide — literally? Hear about the biggest hoax of all time from the author of Theatre of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics and American Radio Drama.
When visionary producer George Pal brought the classic H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen it instantly became a science fiction classic, and won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects.
It’s a work of frightening imagination. As formations of alien ships wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon.