War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave

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 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. Whereas the previous film, directed by David Michael Latt, gained a fairly good critical reaction from critics, selling 100,000 DVDs upon its release, War of the Worlds 2 received a largely negative reaction from critics.

The post-apocalyptic science fiction film was directed by and starred C. Thomas Howell, reprising the role of George Herbert. A new wave of Martian walkers resumes the invasion of Earth, and begins capturing humans including George's son. As he and his companion Pete (Christopher Reid) attempt to rescue him, a fleet of United States Air Force jets attempt an air raid on Mars in a final battle against the aliens.

War of the Worlds 2 was released directly onto DVD in 2008, possibly because that year held the 110th anniversary of the novel's release, with an R rating in the United States and an 18 certificate in the United Kingdom. The film is often played on the British Horror Channel, and is now beginning to broadcast on the Syfy channel. The plot bears little resemblance to the novel.


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