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 <email@example.com>, edited by Triffid Fan
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 »
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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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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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 »
My two favourite scenes: when the first Triffid manifested itself in the Botany Establishment and rudely interrupted the Warden eating his packed lunch, and when Faye and Keel's car got stuck in the mud with the nasty weed creeping inexorably towards them. DotT is not a great movie, but it has its high moments (any movie with Jeanette Scott in it just has to have high points!!). I'm a keen fan of Wyndham and wasn't particularly bothered that the film did not diligently follow the plot of his novel - but then how many movies ever do? On the whole it wasn't a bad adaptation - that's all it could be called. A must for the SF Movie Buff's collection!
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