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The Day of the Triffids (1963)



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Adapted from the novel by John Wyndham, this intelligent British monster movie begins with a meteor shower so intensely bright that it blinds the majority of the world's population, rendering them vulnerable to attack from hordes of carnivorous plants known as "Triffidus Celestus" grown from meteor-borne spores. As the plant-monsters continue to multiply and seek human prey, the remaining sighted people join forces to combat the veggie invaders. One such survivor, an American seaman (Howard Keel) whose eyes were bandaged during the meteorite impact, battles his way through the Triffid ranks. Meanwhile, a couple (Kieron Moore and Janette Scott are trapped in a lighthouse. Good production values make this low-budget effort look more expensive than it probably was; the uncredited assistance of Freddie Francis -- who directed several scenes with a second unit -- also helps.

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Howard Keel
as Bill Masen
Nicole Maurey
as Christine Durrant
Janette Scott
as Karen Goodwin
Kieron Moore
as Tom Goodwin
Mervyn Johns
as Prof. Coker
Alison Leggatt
as Miss Coker
Ewan Roberts
as Dr. Soames
Colette Wilde
as Nurse Jamieson
Sydney Vivian
as Ticket Agent
Gary Hope
as Pilot
John Simpson
as Blind man
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Critic Reviews for The Day of the Triffids

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

As an old-fashioned plot picture unhampered by artistic pretensions, The Day of the Triffids is above par for the course.

June 26, 2019 | Full Review…

A sci-fi thriller (1963) that sticks in the mind, thanks to deft pacing and a vividly paranoid premise.

May 29, 2009

Although riddled with script inconsistencies and irregularities, it is a more-than-adequate film of its genre.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Sometimes unintentionally funny, and it could have done without the customary moralising.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Decidedly short on awe-inspiring moments.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The book is a deserved classic, but this film loses most of the tension and all of the terror in the transition.

May 13, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Day of the Triffids


Although greatly ballyhooed the work is finally only a so-so effort, plants from space reminding us to certainly always finish yer salad. In the meantime I got the feeling that Howard Keel was the only Hollywood that could be got ... and that they shoulda passed on him and picked some local talent, as lifeless a performance as ever seen given. What's he doing in a sci-fi anyway? Here is a work dying, crying, to be repackaged, re-done.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I wasn't able to see the whole movie, but someone told me this was a great movie, so I watched some of it and I wasn't impressed, but may be I should see the whole movie sometime?

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


well intentioned with a decent cast, this movie is a snoozefest...simply drags and what action there is consists of plant-like creatures inching along a mostly blind population. For insomniacs, suggested viewing is fifteen minutes twice nightly..

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

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