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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Ewan Roberts ...
Alison Leggatt ...
Geoffrey Matthews ...
Janina Faye ...
Susan - Child on the Train
Gilgi Hauser ...
John Tate ...
Captain - SS Midland
Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)
Arthur Gross ...
Colette Wilde ...
Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)
Ian Wilson ...


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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Man eating plants! Spine chilling terror! See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Triffids  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although delighted to be reunited with Howard Keel (whom she had met as a child), Carole Ann Ford found the film difficult to work on, citing last-minute script revisions and changes of director as particular problems. She also suffered when an action sequence left her back accidentally raked by a stuntman's nails, drawing blood. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Get Those Weeds Out of the Garden
17 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I got my driver's license, I headed off to a nearby town to see a movie. This was it. I loved it. It has really received a bad rap. The story begins with a city full of blind people--Stricken by a meteor shower which has also brought spores to earth--the spawn of Triffids--flesh eating plants. While the plants are not sighted or masterfully created, the quest by Howard Kiel and his young counterpart, and the horror they encounter, is quite good. I found it anything but boring. It speaks to the realities of the created situation, and the acting is good. There is a nice subplot of a depressed lighthouse keeper and marine biologist and his wife/associate who seek an answer. It was quite suspenseful and well paced. Some real questions are asked and answered. It's not a masterpiece, but it holds up very well after all these years.

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