Posts by Rob Skvarla

CINE-WEEN: From War of the Worlds to the WNUF Halloween Special, A Brief History of Halloween Hoaxes

In 1938, Orson Welles may or may not have caused a panic throughout the United States when he adapted H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” as a radio play. Over the course of 60 minutes, Welles ‘interrupted’ the normal Mercury Theatre broadcast with news bulletins stating that Martians were invading Earth, but, by the end of the show, audiences across the country quickly came to the realization that there had been no attack. Buildings still stood where they had previously. The streets were empty except for some very confused crowds. And, sadly, there were no flying saucers hovering in the skies.
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