War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave

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War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave
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DVD cover
Directed by C. Thomas Howell
Produced by David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Paul Bales
Screenplay by Eric Forsberg
Story by Steve Bevilacqua
Based on The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Starring C. Thomas Howell
Christopher "Kid" Reid
Kim Little
Fred Griffith
Dashiell Howell
Narrated by C. Thomas Howell
Music by Ralph Rieckermann
Cinematography Mark Atkins
Edited by Ross H. Martin
Distributed by The Asylum
Release dates
  • March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)
Running time 85 minutes
Language English
Budget $500,000 (estimated)

War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave is a 2008 direct-to-DVD science fiction film starring and directed by C. Thomas Howell. The film was produced and distributed independently by low-budget film studio The Asylum.

War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave is a direct sequel to the 2005 science fiction horror film H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds (titled internationally as Invasion), which is a modernized adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds and mockbuster of DreamWorks' adaptation of the same novel. The film was released by independent film company The Asylum.

The film's themes and overall plot vastly differ from the first film and the original novel, bearing more resemblance to films like Independence Day and Battlefield Earth. The film is set two years after the extraterrestrial invasion of Earth, where the human population has significantly decreased in number. C. Thomas Howell reprises his role of George Herbert, who here finds himself physically capable of actually fighting back against a second wave of Martian invaders while trying to rescue his abducted son.


The film begins with the character George Herbert, who explains that despite years of searching for extraterrestrial life, mankind could never have predicted the invasion, and that the aliens fed on human blood, which infected them, wiping the invaders out. He then states "for some, the nightmare had only just begun". Two years later, a town is seen, populated with silent refugees including characters Shackleford and Sissy. Suddenly, three Tripods land in the city. People are struck by a Heat-Ray. Shackleford takes a sample of Sissy's blood, with which he injects himself.

George Herbert and his son Alex are living in their house, left undamaged by the first invasion, when George recognises a familiar disturbance on the radio, as the same heard during the first invasion. He takes Alex to the basement and goes to a United States air base, where he reveals to Major Kramer and scientists there that the aliens are creating a teleportation centre between Earth and Mars. A fleet of fighter jets, which appear to have deep-space flight capabilities, thereby raid the planet Mars. George returns for his son, only to find a Tripod outside his home. Alex is then hit by a smaller weapon. Remembering humans kidnapped by the first invasion, he realizes the weapon is a teleporter. He escapes to an abandoned city and wakes the next morning to find a man named Pete running from a Tripod. George throws himself before the machine, and wakes inside the machine with Pete. Both escape with Sissy, while the Martians begin a second invasion, attacking London and Paris. Major Kramer leads the fleet of jets to chase the alien mothership back to Mars.

George, Pete, and Sissy find themselves in the town from the start of the film; where Shackleford reveals that the town is created by the Tripods for humans captured by Tripods to live on Mars. Shackleford wants to destroy the aliens in the same way bacteria did them in during the first invasion. Shackleford and Sissy are dying of a virus lethal to the Tripods, and he convinces George to inject his infected blood into himself. George and Pete are kidnapped again and arrive inside the mothership, where they find Alex in a cocoon. There, George injects his infected blood into a pod holding a brain telepathically connected to all of the Tripods, and thus deactivates the invasion. George, Pete, and Alex escape just as the mothership explodes. George survives the infection, and the humans celebrate while listening to the radio, which undergoes some static interference, indicating a third invasion, and the characters spend a few moments in silence before the film ends.



The film's music was composed by Ralph Reickermann, a former composer for The Asylum. The film features the single "You Came into my Life" which featured the vocals of singer John Brown Reese.

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