The Day of the Triffids (1962 film)

The Day of the Triffids (1962 film)

Infobox Film
name = The Day of the Triffids

caption = film poster by Reynold Brown
director = Steve Sekely
producer = George Pitcher
Philip Yordan
writer = Bernard Gordon
Philip Yordan
starring = Howard Keel
Kieron Moore
Janette Scott
Nicole Maurey
Mervyn Johns
music = Ron Goodwin
cinematography = Ted Moore
editing = Spencer Reeve
distributor = Allied Artists
released =
runtime =
country = UK
language =
budget =
gross =
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:12629
imdb_id = 0055894
website =

"The Day of the Triffids" is a 1962 British film adaptation of the science fiction novel of the same name by John Wyndham.

It was directed by Steve Sekely, and Howard Keel played the central character, Bill Masen. The movie was filmed in colour with monaural sound and ran for 93 minutes.

Plot summary

Triffids are strange fictional plants, capable of rudimentary animal-like behavior: they are able to uproot themselves and walk, possess a deadly whip-like poisonous sting, and may even have the ability to communicate with each other. On screen they vaguely resemble gigantic asparagus shoots.

Bill Masen begins the story in hospital, with his eyes bandaged. He discovers that while he has been blindfolded, an unusual meteor shower has blinded most people on Earth. Masen finds people in London struggling to stay alive in the face of their new, instantly-acquired affliction, some cooperating, some fighting: after just a few days society is collapsing.

Relationship to novel

The film retained some basic plot elements from Wyndham's novel, but it was not a particularly faithful adaptation. Unlike the novel, the Triffids arrive as spores in an earlier meteor shower, and some of the action is moved to Spain.

Most seriously, it supplies a simplistic solution to the Triffid problem: salt water dissolves them, and "the world was saved". This alternate ending appears to be closer to the ending of "The War of the Worlds" than Wyndham's novel, as the invading aliens succumb to a common product of Earth (as the Martians died of bacteria) and both end with a religious tone to them. This ending was also used to similar effect in Shyamalan's Signs.

References in popular culture

It is this version of the film to which the song "Science Fiction Double Feature", from "The Rocky Horror Show", refers, in the line: "And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills..."

A Triffid appears as one of the aliens in Area 52 in "".

External links

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