- The Day of the Triffids (1962 film)
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film posterby Reynold Brown
George Pitcher Philip Yordan
Howard Keel Kieron Moore Janette Scott Nicole Maurey Mervyn Johns
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"The Day of the Triffids" is a 1962 British film adaptation of the science fiction novel of the same name by
It was directed by
Steve Sekely, and Howard Keelplayed the central character, Bill Masen. The movie was filmed in colour with monauralsound and ran for 93 minutes.
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 asparagusshoots.
Bill Masen begins the story in hospital, with his eyes bandaged. He discovers that while he has been blindfolded, an unusual
meteor showerhas blinded most people on Earth. Masen finds people in Londonstruggling 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
Triffidproblem: 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 Scottfight a triffid that spits poison and kills..."
A Triffid appears as one of the aliens in Area 52 in "".
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