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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
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
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.