I like to throw these in at 10PM on 9/30 just before October. I'm not one to watch aliens for Halloween but Orson Welles has made H.G. Wells' opus a must. I've lost my digital copy of WofW but fortunately my old trusty VHS was within easy reach. The War of the Worlds (1953) An interesting thing I picked up on was the amount of wastefulness and how much characters take things for granted. Characters throw away things that are half used, dig through other people's stuff and are not the least bit shy about it even at the beginning of the film. There's a certain level of greed that's ignored by the "better" characters which almost seems to come back and haunt them in the end when there's mass panic. It's a nice subtle build of these ideas and along with the general religious theme of the film drive home the notion that God has placed humans as caretakers of this Earth. On the flip side of this it makes you wonder how the Martians got to the point where they were in the film. Did they disown God? Did they waste their resources with greed? They killed a priest and blew up churches, etc. But one has to wonder if God really abandoned them by leaving them on such a spartan planet in the first place. Why should Earth have so much when Mars has so little? These are questions humans still wrestle with today and Mars is a very fitting stand in for the middle east in its own little ways. Invader ZIM: Germs (2001) I thought it might be fun to throw this in afterwards as the episode is all about ZIM's reaction to this film. What I really like about this episode is that there is a pair of goggles that lets ZIM see all the germs which they heavily use in the opening but by the end of the episode they mostly show his reactions to things without a POV shot which is really funny. A great episode that is far too short and really left me wanting more. But as I said before I stray always from aliens in October so we'll have to save ZIM for November after I burnout on pure horror. My ideal plan is always to watch Vampira at midnight on October 1st but again my digital copy was without audio. Unfortunately my back up had similar issues when I streamed it so I'll have to dig out my original DVD-r on this and try it again tonight.