The War of the Worlds, which was scripted by Barré Lyndon and directed by Byron Haskin, reflects the Christian religiosity with which many of these films were charged—the overt references to a second Ark as humankind struggles to escape Earth in When Worlds Collide or the oft-repeated interpretation of Klaatu as a Christ-figure in The Day the Earth Stood Still. The significant question in this essay, though, is: In terms of its presentation of religion, why does the first cinematic version of The War of the Worlds, one of the seminal science fiction novels of the twentieth-century, differ so dramatically from Wells' original vision?

This article is continued in Volume 11, Issue 2.