In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Leith Stevens: The War of the Worlds

As far as I’m concerned, George Pal’s 1953 adaptation of The War of the Worlds is the definitive film version of H.G. Wells’ classic novel. (I love ya, Spielberg, but step aside.) I first saw this film as a little kid, and aside from those elegant Martian War Machines, the music by Leith Stevens is what sticks in my brain the most. I can’t say that most 1950s sci-fi film scores really strike me as being that memorable, but in this case, Stevens captures the apocalyptic menace and despair of an unstoppable alien invasion perfectly.

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