The Day of the Triffids (1981)





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British sci-fi author John Wyndham's classic horror piece Day of the Triffids was first filmed as a 95-minute theatrical feature in 1963. Though more thoughtful than most alien-invasion pictures, this tale of a meteor shower that results in huge, mutated, ambulatory maneating plants had to be compressed a bit for the feature version. A more in-depth adaptation of Triffids showed up as a British TV miniseries in 1981. This version starred John Duttine and Emma Relphe in the roles played in 1963 by Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey. This version of Day of the Triffids was telecast by America's Arts cable service (later known as A&E) in the spring of 1984. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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The Day of the Triffids was a mini-series based on a best selling book that lasted for 2 episodes. Both of them were good. They were exciting and stayed faithful to the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I prefer the 2010 Remake because it had even more stunning action sequences and was darker than this one. I believe both deserve theatrical releases because they had everything a good apocalypse film should have.

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This miniseries starts out equal parts interesting and corny, but by the end becomes an engaging post-apocalyptic survival drama. The styrofoam triffids are silly at first, but are scarier once they acquire mobility, moving parts, and long-distance communication. The novel and show seem to be inspiration for some more recent works, e.g., 28 Days Later. Worth watching in one sitting.

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This cult classic mini-series from the early 80's is too ridiculous to hate and too earnest to take seriously. I got several good belly laughs out of it, at any rate.

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