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In honor of the 4th, we revisit a 90s blockbuster that pays tribute to the American spirit and our love of spectacle, “Independence Day”.

Independence Day

The Spookshow Summer Disaster continues with The Professor’s choice, “Independence Day” (1996)! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with this blockbuster alien invasion epic starring Will Smith?

Independence Day (also promoted as ID4) is a 1996 American science fiction action film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It stars an ensemble cast that consists of Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, and Harvey Fierstein. The film focuses on disparate groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by a powerful extraterrestrial race. With the other people of the world, they launch a counterattack on July 4th.

While promoting Stargate in Europe, Emmerich conceived the film while answering a question about his belief in the existence of alien life. Devlin and Emmerich decided to incorporate a large-scale attack, having noticed that aliens in most invasion films travel long distances in outer space only to remain hidden when reaching Earth.

Considered a significant turning point in the history of the Hollywood blockbuster, Independence Day was at the forefront of the large-scale disaster film and sci-fi resurgence of the mid-late 1990s. It grossed over $817.4 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1996 and the second-highest-grossing film ever at the time, behind Jurassic Park (1993).

All summer long, weekly on the All-American Spookshow podcast & on their YouTube channel, your hosts will be talking about natural disasters, monster destruction, alien invasions, post-apocalyptic nightmares & so much disaster you can’t handle it! Come watch the world burn with us!

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Here’s the link to the movie trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1E7h3SeMDk

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