We know the biggest fears are those of the unknown and whether we like to imagine them as little green men or menacing, lizard-like creatures with razor sharp teeth, no one has a clue what life forms from the far reaches of space are like. In Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, we get a glimpse that is more seek and destroy than “We come in peace.”
Based on H.G. Wells’ book of the same name, WotW exploits our most chilling sci-fi fears: an all out war with an alien race. The most frightening aspect of the story isn’t that tripod-steering aliens are out to destroy Tom Cruise, it’s the story’s potential to become a truth.