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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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 »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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In the scene where Bill Masen and Mr. Coker are standing outside the house in France, they see an aircraft flying overhead that sounds like it has a sputtering engine. The aircraft shown flying is a silver De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, a primary trainer monoplane. When the two hear the aircraft crash they go to the crash site and find the dismantled remains of a De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth Reg. G-AJOA a primary trainer bi-plane with its top wing removed. Tiger Moth G- AJOA still exists but has not flown since 2003. See more »

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When the security guard is killed, you can see the triffids moving towards him on wheels. They are clearly visible for a couple of seconds. 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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On some video versions, Bernard Gordon's name has been inserted into the writing credits. See more »

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Featured in Creepy Classics (1987) See more »

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Very good British made sci-fi.
11 June 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A meteorite shower lights up the sky and blinds all that watches it. Most of the world population must also deal with some rather weird plant life that can uproot itself and seek human nourishment.

Howard Keel plays a sailor recovering from an eye operation, thus not being blinded by the mysterious glowing display. He finds a young girl that slept through the starry shower. Together they seek out help and a solution to this very weird problem. A couple of marine biologist, stranded in a lighthouse, get a 'hands on' encounter with the rampaging stalks of terror.

An evenly paced movie considering the slow moving menace. This makes you ponder watering your plants. Very good movie.

Also in the cast are Janina Faye, Nicole Maurey and Janette Scott.


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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)

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2.35 : 1
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