Steven Spielberg wants his War of the Worlds movie to inspire the same reaction from cinemagoers the original play had on radio listeners when it first aired in 1938.

Orson Welles terrified America's eastern seaboard when he read HG WELLS' novel on air - many listeners were convinced aliens were actually invading.

Although Spielberg's movie borrows little from the HG Wells novel, the OSCAR-winning director hopes he can scare audiences just a little - something he sees as a tribute to Welles.

He tells British magazine EMPIRE, "If my movie is effective on audiences, hopefully they'll be looking all around the theatre for somewhere to hide! That would be my tribute to Welles, if I was ever that lucky."

16/06/2005 21:36