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The Day of the Triffids (1962)

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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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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27 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Triffids  »

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$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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Kieron Moore and Janette Scott were only added to the cast when it was discovered on completion of filming that there was only 57 minutes of good usable footage available. The whole lighthouse sequence, directed by the veteran Director of Photography Freddie Francis, was only added on to help extend the movie's running time. See more »

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When Bill is about to dive into the sea to be picked up by the rescue boat, he tosses his cap away onto the cliff. But at the end of the film, when he and the others are climbing the stairs to the church, he's once again wearing the same cap. 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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The Triffids Are Coming, Yo Ho, Yo Ho
30 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I recommend everyone read Howard Keel's somewhat rollicking posthumous memoirs and read what he has to say about his participation in this science fiction cult classic.

Keel's career was at sea when he signed for this film. A big budget biblical spectacle, The Big Fisherman, was crowded out of existence by the bigger budgeted Ben-Hur. There went Keel's hope for a post musical career. He signed to do this British production and got the money up front so he did it.

He knew he was in a stinkarooney about a meteor shower that blinds nearly all the world's population. At the same time the meteors bring the spores of these carnivorous plants which when they grow can uproot themselves and move about, something like the Daleks in Doctor Who. They're doing a grand job destructing all life about them, especially human life. They spray a deadly poison, fatal on contact.

Howard Keel was in hospital having eye surgery as it turns out the night of the fateful meteor shower. Next morning when he's scheduled to have the bandages removed, he finds he's one of the few people who can see in all London. He saves another sighted person, Janina Faye, and moves on to France, where they in turn pick up Nicole Maurey.

Always meeting up with the giant size Triffids who are just pigging out on sightless humankind. Eventually they end up in Spain.

One day, the producers simply announced the film was over. The money people had taken a powder. Keel and the rest of the cast left the film. A year and a half later, money was found so another story line was filmed involving Kieron Moore and Janette Scott who discover how to destroy the Triffids. Keel was in fact supposed to do it. They integrated the Moore/Scott footage into the film and released it.

The Day of the Triffids became a cult science fiction classic, but not a favorite experience of Howard Keel. I can't say and spoil how the Triffids are destroyed, but in his memoirs Keel says the producers could have saved a lot of money if they had simply let him perform a biological function on them.

Now that would REALLY have been a cult classic.


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