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All humans eat vegetables. But what if we were the helpless ones, and the plants were eating us? Following the Earth's close encounter with a comet, a meteor shower strikes Britain's population blind. Bill Masen, recovering in a London hospital from a vicious plant attack, is one of only a few people to survive with his eyesight intact. But the world he emerges to has altered terrifyingly into a nightmare where man-eating plants -- the triffids -- are gathering in force!]]>
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This is a six part mini-series based on the book by John Wyndham, first broadcast in the UK in 1981 and subsequently shown on PBS (where I first saw it). The Day of the Triffids is quite the father to "28 Days Later", in that it is an end-of-the world-as-we-know-it tale, but it has a good deal less gore and offers up a romance between the leads John Duttine (as Bill Masen) and Emma Relph (as Josella Payton).
The plot centers on two main elements: the introduction of a complex, new form of plant life that provides a highly profitable type of oil and the appearance of a massive meteor shower that is eagerly viewed by most of the inhabitants of the world.
As this is a BBC television production, the sense of a play unfolding and the accents of some of the characters may not appeal to some American viewers. Yet, the dialogue is crisp and the emotional interplay very human in a situation where the world seems to have gone mad. The special effects are minimal but fairly convincing (remember this was made over 25 years ago).
This is one of my favourite science-fiction movies of all time. The actors do a very solid job of bringing the characters to life, there is a very real feeling of dread as the veiled nature of the triffids becomes apparent and the responses of various peoples to the crisis rings true throughout.
It should be noted that an earlier effort at adapting the book for film starred Howard Keel (many will have seen this courtesy late night movies).Read more ›
I have a soft spot in my heart for the movie starring Howard Keel but it was not very true to the book. This mini-series is much truer. The first obvious difference is that the Triffids are already around and farmed as a cash crop. While true to the book the pacing is changed so that cliffhangers and other tense moments fall right at the end of each episode but none of these changes affect the feel.
Howard Keel starred in a movie where the main point was fighting the Triffids. It was man versus monster. This version is much less about fighting Triffids and much more about humanity learning to deal with having been temporarily knocked down a peg (after all, newborns will not be born blind). It is about planning for a rough couple of decades and not the end of the world. The acting is decent and the few necessary special effects are well handled. When it was all over I really felt like I had just watched Wyndham's classic. Check it out.
In Wyndham's novel, a strange world-wide disaster leaves mankind vulnerable to the triffids, a species of mobile plants whose origins are unknown. The story follows one man (played by John Duttine, star of another popular British series "To Serve Then All My Days") who by chance was unaffected by the disaster and his travels around England, trying to find others like himself and re-establish civilization. It adheres very closely to the novel and the writing and acting are up to the usual high British standards. Much better than the earlier American version with its ridiculous "Wizard of OZ" ending. (I like Howard Keel, but he should stick to musicals.)
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What a treat! Beautiful photography. Thank you so much for DVDing this great older British science fiction miniseries. Cheers!Published 3 days ago by Mary Catherine Todd
loved the book and loved this series. Too bad the special effects back then were so corny looking, otherwise everything holds up well.Published 12 days ago by tx3amigos
There are three movie adaptations to John Wyndham's wonderful sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids. And believe it or not, there are multiple abridged versions, both in print and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven Mason
Excellent rendition of the Triffids story. Directed by David Maloney, late of Doctor Who and Blake's 7 fame. Better than the film.Published 8 months ago by P. Susan
Very well done and followed the story by John Wyndham perfectly. Now if only The Chrysalids could be made into a series or a movie.Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Marianne F.H. Carver
Excellent. True to the book. No CGI histrionics. BBC, take a bow!Published 12 months ago by Nobilangelo C.
This has been a favorite since I first saw it on PBS in the 80's and this version is truer to the book than any others. I'm glad I was able to find it and see it again!Published 12 months ago by JustJames73
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