First in the U.S. by Orson Welles, now Siberia:
War Of The Worlds has been blamed for a mass panic in Siberia after locals mistook a tornado for an alien invasion.
People in the Khabarovsk region of Siberia jumped into their cars and fled their homes in panic when the freak wind arrived out of nowhere, flattening trees and destroying property.
But officials from local emergency services said the destruction had been caused by a freak tornado that ripped through the area.
They blamed the fear of an alien invasion on the recent showing of the Tom Cruise epic.