The Day of the Triffids (DVD, 2005)
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. Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide
- Genre: Horror
- Category: Alien/Space
- Theme: Evil Aliens, Mutants
- Release Date: October 25, 2005
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)Rating Opens in New Window-Questionable for Children
- Studio: Cheezy Flicks
- Lead Actors: Howard Keel,Kieron Moore,Janette Scott,Nicole Maurey,Mervyn Johns
- Supporting Actors: Janina Faye,Alison Leggatt,Ewan Roberts,Colette Wilde,Carole Ann Ford,Geoffrey Matthews,Gilgi Hauser,Katya Douglas,Victor Brooks,Thomas Gallagher,Sydney Vivian,Gary Hope,John Simpson
- Director: Steve Sekely
- Run Time: 1 hr 35 min
- Edition: Restored / Remastered
- Format: DVD
1.0 / 5.0
I purchased the "Cheesey Flix" version of the DOTT and was very let down. I don't require all movies be crystal clear, but seriously this is one of the worst transfers I have ever seen. Something like the last 5-10 minutes of the film had no soundtrack. Apparently a film historian has discovered a film reel and is working to restore the original elements. Do not waste your money on this awful version, wait and pick up the restored edition when it comes out. I probably would've really enjoyed the film, but I couldn't get past the awful transfer.
3.0 / 5.0
Not one of Freddie Francis's better directorial efforts, \"Day of the Triffids,\" an adaptation of a John Wyndham novel, is a leisurely paced sci-fi thriller that is based on an interesting idea--that a meteor shower afflicts the world's populace with blindness, paving the way for an invasion of plantlike \"triffids.\"However, unlike the film's idea, the man-eating triffids themselves are silly. They look more stupid than scary. Like the movie, they move so sluggishly that it is difficult to believe they could instill fear even in a three-year-old tot.The scene with the blind passengers panicking on the commercial jet in flight is engrossing, but the rest of the chills are few and far between.This movie doesn't hold a candle to other British sci-fi movies produced at this time, such as, \"Five Million Years to Earth,\" aka \"Quatermass and the Pit.\"The grainy print on the \"Day of the Triffids\" DVD doesn't help the film's cause, either. Another film based on a Wyndham novel, \"Village of the Damned,\" starring George Sanders, offers better suspense and more frequent thrills than does \"Day of the Triffids.\" Still, \"Triffids\" is an entertaining, if not compelling, movie, and I would recommend viewing it.--Bryan Cassiday, author of \"Fete of Death\"
4.0 / 5.0
I saw this movie on the big screen in the early sixties... and I was very impressed by the intelligence of the writing. It was not a big budget production, however, the story moved the movie along very well indeed. The movie allows for the vieweer to use his or her imagination. I wondered as I watched what I would have done had I been one of the sighted people. Good movie. I have never forgotten it and I'm glad that it is out on DVD.