In 1963, Istvan Szekely directed this version of the John Wyndham novel "The Day of the Triffids" and turned an English science fiction classic into a Schlock Horror based in America. Apart from the Triffids themselves, there is hardly a single similarity to the original novel, except for the names and the explanation why the priciple cast did not turn blind like most of the rest of the population. So, if you are looking for something which is a good representation of the novel, forget it. However, if you are looking for a film reminiscent of "The Blob" or its contemporaries, it delivers. Howard Keel is definitely the all american hero you expect in this type of movie and Janette Scott plays the 'femme fatale' who has a strong mastery of silver screen scream, even in a lighthouse! The storyline is simplistic beyond measure - always useful on a late friday night after too many drinks! - and the ending is typical of this genre. Best described as a "late-night-curry-and-lager" movie, watch "Day of the Triffids" if you liked the film of "War of the Worlds" and you will not be upset...too much.
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