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 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.

-Dave W.



12th May 1962
Cinema



93 mins
2.35:1


27th April 1963
Cinema

Not Rated

93 mins
2.35:1



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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
Sidney Vivian
Ticket Agent
(uncredited)
George Hilsdon
Man in Train Station
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man Asking for Help at Train Station
Unknown
Woman Asking for Help at Train Station
Unknown
Train Passenger Looking for Son
Dave's Unknown Male 23
Train Passenger
Chris Adcock
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Gerry Judge
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Ernie Rice
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Joe Wadham
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Wood
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher
Burly Man
(uncredited)
Unknown
Radioman, SS Midland
Unknown
Steward, SS Midland
Ernest Blyth
SS Midland Passenger
(uncredited)
Muriel Greenslade
SS Midland Passenger
(uncredited)
Unknown
SS Midland Passenger
Unknown
SS Midland Passenger
Myo Toon
Japanese Broadcaster
(uncredited)
Unknown
Flight 356 Radio Operator
Unknown
Flight 356 Engineer
Unknown
Flight 356 Co-Pilot
Unknown
Flight 356 Stewardess
Unknown
Flight 356 Stewardess #2
Unknown
Boy on Flight 356
Esme Smythe
Panicky Blonde on Flight 356
(uncredited)
Michael Bishop
Flight 356 Pilot
(uncredited)
Mick Dillon
Triffid (uncredited)
Katya Douglas
Mary (uncredited)
Gary Hope
Flight 356 Pilot
(uncredited)
John Simpson
Blind Man
(uncredited)
Nosher Powell
Stunts (uncredited)
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Houses of Parliament

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