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Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

The Day of the Triffids (original title)
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.

Directors:

Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis (uncredited)

Writers:

Bernard Gordon (screenplay), Philip Yordan (front for Bernard Gordon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Bill Masen
Nicole Maurey ... Christine Durrant
Janette Scott ... Karen Goodwin
Kieron Moore ... Tom Goodwin
Mervyn Johns ... Mr. Coker
Ewan Roberts ... Dr. Soames
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Miss Coker
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Luis de la Vega
Janina Faye ... Susan
Gilgi Hauser Gilgi Hauser ... Teresa de la Vega
John Tate John Tate ... Captain - SS Midland
Carole Ann Ford ... Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)
Arthur Gross ... Flight 356 Radioman
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)
Ian Wilson ... Greenhouse Watchman
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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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From the nightmare novel that made the world shudder See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A Triffid can survive even if you shoot the top of it off. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

In pan & scan versions of this film, there is an extra scene as Bill & Susan depart England for France. They are seen on the small motorboat and Susan asks Bill "Where are we going?". Bill answers "We're going to that meeting in Paris, if we can make it". They then hear an explosion behind them, and we see that the ship they had just left from has exploded. We then see their small boat heading out to sea past an estuary lighthouse. This scene is missing from the letterbox versions. See more »

Connections

Featured in Fright Night Theater: Horror Hotel (2011) See more »

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WELL-MADE, COLOURFUL DISASTER/CREATURE FEATURE
23 June 2001 | by mark-252See all my reviews

The film opens with a marvellously atmospheric sequence of a night security guard being stalked by an aggressive man-size killer plant in a huge greenhouse. Illuminated by a night sky full of falling comets, the use of darkness with splashes of technicolor makes this visually very rich and introduces the triffid as a terrifying menace. For a British-made sci-fi story, this is an ambitious attempt to follow action across three countries, show society in ruins and portray (not quite as successfully) a rampaging army of killer plants! The grim early scenes of blinded populous are quite upsetting, a plane falls out of the sky because the pilot cannot see but he knows he is running out of fuel, a train crashes into a terminus and its blinded passengers can't help themselves amongst the wreckage... The film follows an American sailor, who has not been blinded by the comets, as he tries to reach safety. This story is intercut with a couple stranded in a lighthouse surrounded by Triffids - these scenes were all added by the (uncredited) director Freddie Francis after the original cut of the movie came in way under its correct running time. The woman in the lighthouse scenes is played by Janette Scott, who has been immortalised in the lyrics of the title song of "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW". If possible watch a widescreen version of this movie - it makes a lot more sense.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Triffids See more »

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Budget:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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