Sunday, 14 September 2014
The Day Of The Triffids (1962)
Howard Keel (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dallas) plays Bill Masen, changed here from a British triffid expert into an American seaman, who, due to surgery on his eyes, misses the meteor shower that blinds most of the rest of the world. He meets a young schoolgirl - Susan (Janina Faye - who had previously appeared in Hammer's Dracula) and together they travel through France and Spain meeting several other sighted people along the way (including Mervyn Johns', Coker and Nicole Maurey's, Miss Durrant) all the time threatened by the alien plants brought to earth in the meteor shower. So far so completely different to the plot of the book.
I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I've seen this film. In the early 90s it became a drunken tradition to watch it on Saturday night after the pubs shut. It's horribly flawed and with the exception of a couple of names and the walking plants it has almost nothing in common with it's source material but there's something about it I've always loved and probably always will.
The Day of the Triffids (1963) - Feature by filmgorillas