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Day of the Triffids
Die Blumen des Schreckens

UK 1962
produced by
George Pitcher, Philip Yordan (executive) for Security Pictures
directed by Steve Sekely
starring Howard Keel, Janina Faye, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Geoffrey Matthews, Gilgi Hauser, Mervyn Johns, Ewan Roberts, Alison Leggatt, Carole Ann Ford, John Tate, Arthur Gross, Colette Wilde, Ian Wilson, Victor Brooks
screenplay by Philip Yordan, Bernard Gordon, based on the novel by John Wyndham, music by Ron Goodwin, Johnny Douglas, special effects by Wally Veevers

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A meteor shower goes down on earth, & everybody who sees it goes immediately blind. And since very many people have gone out of their way to actually watch it, London is thrown into chaos in no time ... & if you think a town of blind citizens alone would be bad, there is now also a new species of carnivorous plants, the Triffids, & their favourite meal is - HUMANS.

Sailor Bill Mason is one of the few who has been left seeing, and at the railway station he soon picks up little Susan (Janina Faye), a 12-year old girl who can see as well. & since he thinks among all these blind people a girl who can actually see needs caring for the most, he teams up with her, & while London goes up in flames (rather unexplained, maybe blind people give the Triffids inflammable gas), Bill & Susan head off to France.

In France they find accomodation in (seeing) Madame Durrand's (Nicole Maurey) home for blind girls, & everything seems to be nice & cosey ... until a group of (seeing) convicts overrun the place & party with the girls ... & despite all of Bill's he-man stamina, he can't take on all the convicts ... but the Triffids can, & they kill them all (& the girls & personnel of the home too). The only one Bill is able to save is Madame Durrand herself ...

After this experience, Bill, Susan & Madame Durrand are fed up with France & go to Spain, where they meet blind Luis de la Vetga (Geoffrey Matthews) & his pregnant blind wife Teresa (Gilgi hauser), & they help her deliver the baby, but then they realize they are surrounded by Triffids, exactly when they learn there is a submarine in Gibraltar that might evacuate them (to where ?) - bollocks. But then they find out that the Triffids, while blind as well, react to sound, so Bill takes a car to lure them all away & over the next cliff, while Susan & Madame Durrand take another car to drive to Gibraltar (forsome reason, they leave the de la Vegas behind). & in the end, Bill is saved too.

In a totally unrelated story that is intercut every now & again, biologist couple Tom (Kieron Moore) & Karen (Janette Scott) live in a lighthouse & have survived the meteorshower unblinded. But Tom has lost all interest in his work & instead turned his attention to alcohol. Then though, with the Triffids becoming an actual threat to his & his wife's life, he becomes active again & the 2 search for a means against the Triffids, but they seem to be immune to pretty much every acid ... until, when the Triffids have finally entered the lighthouse, Tom has the desperate idea to hose them down with seawater ... & wouldn't you know it, seawater does the trick & destroys the Triffids.

 

For some reason, probably because it's based on a comparatively respectable book, Day of the Triffids has acquired cult status over the years ... yet it's shit, a blend of aline invasion-, monster-, disaster - & post doomsday movie with a plot that seems to go nowhere in particular, leaves a plethora of questions open, & not even the slightest effort is made to link the 2 main narrative strands to each other. The Triffids look incredibly silly as well, & while I have to admit I usually find silly monsters all the more charming it just doesn't work here. Not a so-bad-it's-good film, just bad.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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