Film Analysis: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

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Distrust
What kind of society do you live in? It may be peaceful, fun, relaxing, or maybe a little sad caused by a recent event. But, could you even imagine living somewhere where you can’t trust one living thing around you? So much fear and distrust that would lead to hate, violence and maybe even murder. This is very uncommon in the present day, but in Rod Serling’s “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, this was their reality. In the 1960’s version, it was about a group of neighbors constantly being scapegoated for being part of an “alien invasion” into their neighborhood due to a recent power outage. In the 2003 version the same thing happened except they were being blamed for being a terrorist. Even though both films were made in completely different time periods they had the same message. “Fear of the unknown can cause people to turn on each other”
To begin with, the neighbors in the 1960’s version of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” stared off as a beautiful normal day, but within only a few hours, the whole street went to chaos, fear, and distrust. First you need to know that that the United States was scared of communism at the time
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This message appeared in both the 1960’s version and the 2003 remake of “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” In both teleplays, there is a current state of distrust in the community outside of the movies. In the 1960’s version, there was a bright flash of light in the sky which cut the power to the whole street, Tommy then persuaded everyone into thinking it was an alien invasion, from there chaos struck loose. In the 2003 remake, identical things happened except the people were scapegoated for terrorism, but still the street fell apart and there was no act of terrorism. All in all, it is easy to see that no monsters ever invaded Maple Street, instead it was only
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