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The Day of the Triffids

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Adapted from the novel by John Wyndham, this intelligent British monster movie begins with a meteor shower so intensely bright that it blinds the majority of the world's population, rendering them vulnerable to attack from hordes of carnivorous plants known as "Triffidus Celestus" grown from meteor-borne spores. As the plant-monsters continue to multiply and seek human prey, the remaining sighted people join forces to combat the veggie invaders. One such survivor, an American seaman Howard Keel whose eyes were ...
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Overview

Adapted from the novel by John Wyndham, this intelligent British monster movie begins with a meteor shower so intensely bright that it blinds the majority of the world's population, rendering them vulnerable to attack from hordes of carnivorous plants known as "Triffidus Celestus" grown from meteor-borne spores. As the plant-monsters continue to multiply and seek human prey, the remaining sighted people join forces to combat the veggie invaders. One such survivor, an American seaman Howard Keel whose eyes were bandaged during the meteorite impact, battles his way through the Triffid ranks. Meanwhile, a couple Kieron Moore and Janette Scott are trapped in a lighthouse. Good production values make this low-budget effort look more expensive than it probably was; the uncredited assistance of Freddie Francis -- who directed several scenes with a second unit -- also helps.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it takes entirely too many liberties with the excellent novel upon which it is based, The Day of the Triffids is generally an entertaining sci-fi romp. It has many of the classic (some might say clich├ęd) elements often associated with the genre -- an alien invasion, stalwart hero, rag-tag band of allies, and a race against time to save the entire planet. If Triffids doesn't offer many original variations on these elements, it still uses them to its advantage to create a Saturday afternoon-style adventure that is effective enough that most viewers will forgive it for its triteness (and for its slow pacing and episodic nature). The happy ending stretches credulity a bit far, and the triffids themselves are, it must be admitted, somewhat cheesy -- but that actually adds a bit to the fun, as does much of the standard-issue dialogue. And there are some very good moments, such as the doctor's revelation that he is now blind and a sequence in which a triffid attacks a car. Howard Keel makes a pretty good lead, using his best leading-man posturing and his authoritative voice to good effect. Janette Scott does well within the limitations of the role, and Mervyn Johns has some memorable moments. Triffids falls short of being a good sci-fi film, but it's quite entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 827421000194
  • Original Release: 1963
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  • Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,282

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Keel Bill Masen
Kieron Moore Tom Goodwin
Janette Scott Karen Goodwin
Nicole Maurey Christine Durrant
Mervyn Johns Mr. Coker
Janina Faye Susan
Alison Leggatt Mrs. Coker
Ewan Roberts Dr. Soames
Colette Wilde Nurse Jamieson
Carole Ann Ford Bettina
Geoffrey Matthews Luis de la Vega
Gilgi Hauser Teresa de la Vega
Katya Douglas Mary
Victor Brooks Poiret
Arthur Gross
Thomas Gallagher Burly Man
Sydney Vivian Ticket Agent
Gary Hope Pilot
John Simpson Blind man
Alexander Knox
John Tate
Ian Wilson
Technical Credits
Steve Sekely Director
Cedric Dawe Art Director
Johnny Douglas Score Composer
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Bernard Gordon Screenwriter
Matt McCarty Sound Editor
Ted Moore Cinematographer
George Pitcher Producer
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Spencer Reeve Editor
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Philip Yordan Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Day of the Triffids
1. Opening Credits [3:04]
2. They Arrive [10:36]
3. At First Sight [9:05]
4. The Blind [5:48]
5. Getting Out [3:58]
6. It's Dead [6:03]
7. Feeling Safe [3:59]
8. Your Own Coffin [6:56]
9. The Crater [7:15]
10. Chaos [5:25]
11. Lost Hope [4:31]
12. A Safe Haven [6:38]
13. Electricity [2:58]
14. Fire [3:12]
15. Next Morning [2:30]
16. The Last Stand [5:15]
17. Its Over [5:58]
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Disc #1 -- The Day of the Triffids
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Horrible DVD tranfer -- DO NOT BUY

    I purchased the "Cheesey Flix" version of the DOTT and was very let down. I don't require all movies be crystal clear, but seriously this is one of the worst transfers I have ever seen. Something like the last 5-10 minutes of the film had no soundtrack. Apparently a film historian has discovered a film reel and is working to restore the original elements. Do not waste your money on this awful version, wait and pick up the restored edition when it comes out. I probably would've really enjoyed the film, but I couldn't get past the awful transfer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Triffids Fall Short

    Not one of Freddie Francis's better directorial efforts, "Day of the Triffids," an adaptation of a John Wyndham novel, is a leisurely paced sci-fi thriller that is based on an interesting idea--that a meteor shower afflicts the world's populace with blindness, paving the way for an invasion of plantlike "triffids."<BR/><BR/>However, unlike the film's idea, the man-eating triffids themselves are silly. They look more stupid than scary. Like the movie, they move so sluggishly that it is difficult to believe they could instill fear even in a three-year-old tot.<BR/><BR/>The scene with the blind passengers panicking on the commercial jet in flight is engrossing, but the rest of the chills are few and far between.<BR/>This movie doesn't hold a candle to other British sci-fi movies produced at this time, such as, "Five Million Years to Earth," aka "Quatermass and the Pit."<BR/><BR/>The grainy print on the "Day of the Triffids" DVD doesn't help the film's cause, either. Another film based on a Wyndham novel, "Village of the Damned," starring George Sanders, offers better suspense and more frequent thrills than does "Day of the Triffids." Still, "Triffids" is an entertaining, if not compelling, movie, and I would recommend viewing it.<BR/><BR/>--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you can get by the acid...

    I saw this movie on the big screen in the early sixties... and I was very impressed by the intelligence of the writing. It was not a big budget production, however, the story moved the movie along very well indeed. The movie allows for the vieweer to use his or her imagination. I wondered as I watched what I would have done had I been one of the sighted people. Good movie. I have never forgotten it and I'm glad that it is out on DVD.

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