Decent, albeit uneven, British sci-fi/horror film. Keel stars as an American sailor who has escaped being blinded by a sudden meteor shower that has robbed most of the Earth's population of its sight. The mysterious meteor storm has also brought with it alien plant spores which grow into
large, carnivorous plants that multiply and threaten to overrun the planet. The man-eating plants are known as "Triffids" and resemble rampaging stalks of broccoli that have an easy time feeding off of the blind humans who can't protect themselves. Keel becomes the leader of a small band of people
who have somehow escaped being blinded. Together they plot to make a final stand against the vicious plants. Meanwhile, marine biologist Moore and his wife, Scott (who have been trapped in a lighthouse by the Triffids) search for a scientific solution.
Always interesting but bogged down by lengthy romantic interludes, the film is thought-provoking and scary at times (the Triffids are more effective than they have any right to be). This is the third adaptation from the works of John Wyndham, the first two yielding the superb VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
and CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED. For fans of the once great untrained baritone voice of Keel, it is interesting that in THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS he rewrote his own dialogue because he was so displeased by the screenplay. Due to problems with blacklisting, scripter Bernard Gordon was left off the film's
credits on its initial release in favor of screenwriter Philip Yordan, who served as a front for Gordon. In 1996, the Writer's Guild of America officially restored Gordon's credit.
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- Review: Decent, albeit uneven, British sci-fi/horror film. Keel stars as an American sailor who has escaped being blinded by a sudden meteor shower that has robbed most of the Earth's population of its sight. The mysterious meteor storm has also brought with it al… (more)