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The Day of the Triffids (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1963 (USA)
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

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Alison Leggatt ...
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Janina Faye ...
Susan - Child on the Train
Gilgi Hauser ...
John Tate ...
Captain - SS Midland
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Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)
Arthur Gross ...
Colette Wilde ...
Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)
Ian Wilson ...
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Storyline

A shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the population go blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of some Triffids: experimental plants that are capable of moving themselves around and attacking people. In the film version, however, the Triffids are not experimental plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in an earlier meteor shower. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>, edited by Triffid Fan

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The triffids are coming! The triffids are growing! The triffids are killing! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

27 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Triffids  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Although credited with "additional music", composer Johnny Douglas actually supplied more music than the main composer, Ron Goodwin. According to the official music cue sheets, Douglas wrote 26 mins, Goodwin 19 minutes See more »

Goofs

In the final shot of Triffids approaching Bill driving a truck, the operators' sneakers can clearly be seen walking the Triffid props towards camera shot. See more »

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Narrator: [narrating voice over] In nature's scheme of things, there are certain plants which are carnivorous, or eating plants. The Venus Fly Trap is one of the best known of these plants. A fly drawn to the plant by its sweet syrup, brushes against triggered bristles. Just how these plants digest their pray has yet to be explained. There is much still to learn about these fascinating eating plants. This is a newcomer: Triffidus Celestus, brought to earth on the meteorite during the Day of ...
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One of the coolest sci-fi movies ever
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the summer of 1962 at a drive in theater. I loved it. I was probably about 14 or 15 at the time. I never forgot it, and have owned it on VHS tape and laser disk. Only recently did I find out it was out on DVD. I am confused, however, as to reviews of the DVD quality, and am reluctant to purchase it, as my laser disc release is pristine in it's video content. Apparently the video on the DVD is not good. I will have to check into this further. However, to get back to my review: This is a somewhat choppy, disjointed movie, but even though it's somewhat cheesy with its special effects, and acting, it is still a real neat story, and it certainly entertains. It has a solid cult following, and I give it my highest rating, which is rare for me for a movie like this, but somehow I have always been attached to this film, and I would consider it one of my desert island movies. If you have not seen it, do check it out, it is a real hoot.


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