The Day of the Triffids

1962

Steve Sekely
Director
Allied Artists
Studio

And I really got hot
When I saw Janette Scott
Fight a triffid that spits poison and kills. . .

Meteor shower blinds most of Earth's population, and if that isn't bad enough there are mobile, acid-spitting plants out to eat the few sighted survivors.

Great concept and some decent performances are both badly let down by some wretchedly flaccid direction which makes the whole production lack any sense of urgency or suspense. The production also seems to have ran out of money once Kell & company reached the continent. The absurdly happy ending is an affront to John Wyndham's source novel, but that's hardly surprisingly given Wyndham's generally poor treatment by cinema.

That all being said, there are some quite memorable bits here, but the ones that really hit home are the horrors of being trapped blind and helpless on a moving airplane or train, and not the killer plants, whiich are frankly silly-looking. Probably the most important aspect of this film is the image of people shambling aimlessly around a deserted metropolis, and survivors besiged by a horde of menacing creatures; both obviously the basic template for the zombie genre we know today. One does wish that Sekely did tell his 'blinded' extras that blind does not mean standing around in a daze as if you couldn't remember where you left your wallet, though.

Note: Victor Brooks is prominently credited, but he can only be briefly seen as the main convict in the French manor house, without any lines surviving, if he originally had any at all.

This film has been treated very poorly as regards home video; a good HD issue is badly needed. One has been in the works for nearly fifteen years, but a Blu-Ray release still seems far off, if ever. So apologies for the very poor screencaps.

-Dave W.


Day of the Triffids
12th May 1962
Cinema



93 mins
2.35:1

Day of the Triffids
27th April 1963
Cinema



93 mins
2.35:1



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Unknown 4504
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
Miss Coker
Geoffrey Matthews
Luis de la Vega
Janina Faye
Susan
Gilgi Hauser
Teresa de la Vega
John Tate
Captain, SS Midland
Carole Ann Ford
Bettina
(as Carol Ann Ford)
Arthur Gross
Flight 356 Pilot
(incorrectly listed in IMDb as Radioman)
Colette Wilde
Nurse Jamieson
(as Collette Wilde)
Ian Wilson
Kew Gardens Watchman
Victor Brooks
Poiret
Peter Dyneley
Narrator / French Radio Voice
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 52
Blind Man in Street
Jimmy Charters
Man in Train Station
Unknown 4504
Man in Train Station
George Hilsdon
Man in Train Station
Esme Smythe
Woman in Train Station
Unknown 4504
Woman in Train Station
Unknown 4504
Man in Train Station
Sidney Vivian
Ticket Agent
Unknown 4504
Man in Train Station
Unknown 4504
Woman in Train Station
Unknown Female 33
Woman in Train Station
Thomas Gallagher
Burly Man
Unknown
Man Asking for Help at Train Station
Unknown
Woman Asking for Help at Train Station
Harry Phipps
Man in Train Station
Gerry Judge
Train Passenger
Joe Wadham
Train Passenger
Fred Wood
Train Passenger
Unknown
Train Passenger Looking for Son
Chris Adcock
Train Passenger
Dave's Unknown Male 23
Train Passenger
Ernie Rice
Train Passenger
Frederick Kelsey
Train Passenger
Bill Rayment
Train Passenger
Unknown
Radioman, SS Midland
Unknown
Steward, SS Midland
Ernest Blyth
SS Midland Passenger
Muriel Greenslade
SS Midland Passenger
Edith Pavitt
SS Midland Passenger
Unknown Male 150
SS Midland Passenger
Myo Toon
Japanese Broadcaster
Unknown
Flight 356 Radio Operator
Unknown
Flight 356 Co-Pilot
Unknown
Flight 356 Engineer
Unknown
Flight 356 Stewardess
Unknown
Flight 356 Stewardess
Unknown
Boy on Flight 356
Juba Kennerley
Flight 356 Passenger
Unknown 4504
Flight 356 Passenger
Jim Brady
Convict
Johnny Rossi
Convict
Maxwell Craig
Convict
Neil Osborne
Convict
John Simpson
Blind Man
Michael Bishop
Flight 356 Pilot
Gary Hope
Flight 356 Pilot
Katya Douglas
Mary
Mick Dillon
Triffid
Nosher Powell
Stunts
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral
HMS Narwhal
Submarine Rescuing Survivors

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