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 date(s)
  • April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
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 George Herbert, who explains that despite years of searching for extraterrestrial life, mankind could never have predicted the invasion. He tells us 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. Among them is Shackleford and Sissy. Suddenly, three Tripods land in the city. People are struck by a Heat-Ray, disintegrating them. Shackleford and Sissy run to their hideout. Shackleford grabs a syringe and takes a sample of Sissy's blood. He then injects it into himself.

George Herbert and his son Alex are living in their house, left undamaged by the first invasion. One morning, George recognises a familiar disturbance on the radio, the same heard during the first invasion. He takes Alex to the basement and promises he will be back when he is finished with his work. He goes to a United States air base, where he reveals to Major Kramer and scientists there that his studies suggests the aliens are creating a space time hole between Earth and Mars. A fleet of fighter jets, which appear to have deep-space flight capabilities, fly through this time hole and raid the planet Mars.

George goes to get his son back to the base, only to find a Tripod standing outside his home. Alex is then hit by a smaller weapon from the tripod. Remembering humans were kidnapped by the first wave of machines, he realizes the weapon is a teleporter. He escapes to an abandoned city and wakes up the next morning to find a man named Pete running from a Tripod. George throws himself before the machine offering himself and hoping to find his son once he's teleported. He wakes up inside the machine with Pete and they both escape with Sissy, who seems to know her way around the organic interior. Meanwhile, the Martians begin a second invasion, attacking recovering cities such as London and Paris. Major Kramer leads the fleet of jets to chase the alien mothership through the time hole and back to Mars.

George, Pete and Sissy find themselves in the town from the start of the film. Shackleford reveals that the town is a fake, created by the Tripods as a place 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 from a virus which is lethal to the Tripods. Before he dies he convinces George to inject his infected blood into himself. George and Pete are kidnapped again and wind up inside the mothership, where they find Alex in a cocoon. George injects his infected blood into a pod holding a brain which is telepathically connected to all of the Tripods. The virus quickly spreads through their minds and deactivates the alien machines, ending their second invasion.

George, Pete and Alex find Kramer's jet and escape just as the mothership begins to explode. George somehow 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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