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.
Kieron Moore) and his wife Karen (Janette Scott) fight a triffid that spits poison and kills. There's no connection between the lighthouse sequence and the main storyline of the film due to this entire section being written, shot and edited in after the main storyline proved to be too short. It also provides a (frankly absurd) conclusion to the story as the bickering pair discover the Triffid's secret weakness which will enable the world to fight back and reclaim the planet.
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.
buy it here - Day of The Triffids (1963) [DVD] - or watch it below.
The Day of the Triffids (1963) - Feature by filmgorillas