Martian War Machine

You can just make out the tripod leg "rays" supporting the ship. Though the H.G. Wells story War of the Worlds was updated for modern movie-goers, producer George Pal wanted to stay somewhat true to the original walking tripod idea, rather than have the Martian war machines be free-flying. Remember, these "ships" were carried inside the Martian pod spacecraft, and were not the spacecraft themselves. The basic design of Pal's machine was inspired by the shape of a cobra's hood, ready to strike. Also bucking the current science fiction trend in 1953 to depict all rockets, spaceships and alien craft in gleaming silver, Pal made the Martian machines of polished copper, which lent them to be even more alien from the norm.

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