The Day of the Triffids

After a meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, carnivorous plant men start feeding on people and animals.
Creature Feature

 

United Kingdom
1963
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Plant Film
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
Meteor Shower
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
Unknown
Plant: 
Carnivorous Plant
Plant Man
5.04
You'll be shaking like a leaf!
8
4
6
5.04
2
3
3
Performances
Dialogue
Effects
The creators of this film have strong resumes and it pays off. The Day of the Triffids is based on a novel of the same name by John Wyndham. It’s about plants from outer space who make humans go blind and pretty much kick their asses. This is quite an elaborate premise for an early 1960s movie that goes in very dark places with ambitious special effects and a lot of action.
We care about the characters. They aren’t just placeholders. There is a thin procedural and it’s not shoved down our throats. This is a story about survival, first and foremost. Some actors are more talented than others. Some don’t seem to know what movie they are in. We’re not sure just how much we should be emotionally involved. Most of them are distant but likable.
The plants are disgusting. They’re animated by puppetry. They’re some kind of carnivorous plant men. We see plenty of them, something that probably wouldn’t have been possible ten years prior. There is virtually no filler in this film. It feels pretty much like a 1950s production, but with a continuous flow of events. This is an excellent horror/science-fiction hybrid you don't want to miss.
Alternate Titles: 
Invasion of the Triffids
Revolt of the Triffids
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