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The Day of the Triffids (1963)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Masen
... Christine Durrant
... Karen Goodwin
... Tom Goodwin
... Mr. Coker
... Dr. Soames
Alison Leggatt ... Miss Coker
Geoffrey Matthews ... Luis de la Vega
... Susan
Gilgi Hauser ... Teresa de la Vega
John Tate ... Captain - SS Midland
... Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)
... Flight 356 Radioman
Colette Wilde ... Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)
... Greenhouse Watchman
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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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The Triffids are coming to devour the human race! ... suddenly the hideous crawling things are everywhere... and no one can escape! 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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The book ends with the Triffids still a threat and Masen leaving for the Isle of Wight, hoping to eradicate them from the face of the Earth someday. See more »

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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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Excellent 60's sci-fi
13 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Many liberties are taken with the original John Wyndham novel, but Howard Keel plays the hero, Bill Masen, with tongue very firmly in-cheek. Rather nasty killer plants go on the rampage after the world population is blinded by a shower of meteorites. Vastly enjoyable sci-fi hokum.


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