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The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1963 (USA)
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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Mervyn Johns ...
Ewan Roberts ...
Alison Leggatt ...
Geoffrey Matthews ...
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)
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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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Beware the triffids... they grow... know... walk... talk... stalk... and kill! 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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In an interview, producer Bernard Glasser said that in order to satisfy a British government requirement that productions shot in British have a certain percentage of British executives, George Pitcher, a retired film executive, was hired as basically a "frontman"; although credited as producer, he had no actual authority over the production. See more »

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The wires pulling the triffids along the ground can be seen, especially in the scene were one of them chases Susan. 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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Referenced in Otaku no video (1991) See more »

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Very good British made sci-fi.
11 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A meteorite shower lights up the sky and blinds all that watches it. Most of the world population must also deal with some rather weird plant life that can uproot itself and seek human nourishment.

Howard Keel plays a sailor recovering from an eye operation, thus not being blinded by the mysterious glowing display. He finds a young girl that slept through the starry shower. Together they seek out help and a solution to this very weird problem. A couple of marine biologist, stranded in a lighthouse, get a 'hands on' encounter with the rampaging stalks of terror.

An evenly paced movie considering the slow moving menace. This makes you ponder watering your plants. Very good movie.

Also in the cast are Janina Faye, Nicole Maurey and Janette Scott.


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