When the shark attacked in Jaws,War Of The Worlds: Fact verses Fiction Articles we were on the boat. While E.T. stayed at Elliot’s house, we were there too. When the Aliens moved their ship above Roy Neary’s electric truck and gave him that famous sunburn in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we were in the truck as well. However, this film takes things a step further. War of the Worlds takes place in our world, not some unfamiliar past or vague future. The film makes you feel like a contestant on Survivor.
The television reality show feel of this film is what makes it something new. In this case, new is good, very good! The Sci-Fi film genre has been languishing over the past few years from an overdose of special effects combined with mediocre story lines that have left moviegoers uninspired. ‘War of the Worlds’ has the same potential to inject some life into sci-fi entertainment that ‘The Matrix’ did when the first installment hit the screens a few years ago.
There is little doubt that this movie will generate some major box office numbers, however, what effect will it have on the way the public views the top of Aliens? We celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the famous Orson Welles 1938 dramatized radio broadcast of ‘War of the Worlds’ in 1988. A number of UFO conferences were held throughout the world that year to recognize the anniversary. Many in the UFO research community felt and still feel this was a mistake. Their concern, and it’s a legitimate one, is that the line between UFO fact and fantasy becomes blurred anytime the entertainment world covers a paranormal topic. They feel such ventures should be ignored or even discouraged. I disagree.