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  • Jun 21, 2009
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American sailor Bill Masen (Howard Keel) is convalescing in a London hospital; his eyes are bandaged so he cannot watch the spectacular meteor shower with everyone else. Next morning, all who saw the meteors are now blind and being attacked by hideous man-eating plants. Bill makes his way to France where he meets a handful of others who still are sighted, but the hideous Triffids are everywhere.

This low-budget movie with primitive special effects is considered a cult classic by many these days, but the mechanical plants aren't scary and the acting is generally wooden. The premise that most of the world's inhabitants are blinded is, however, very scary; we see what happens when all aboard a jet and a passenger train lose their sight. People wander through the deserted streets of London with no hope.

Howard Keel is the best of the cast, although he never seems particularly worried about the strange events and handles each emergency with ease. An odd side note to this story is that the movie turned out to be too short, so a completely unrelated subplot about some scientists trapped in an island lighthouse was added to lengthen it. This story line is interesting but jarringly disconnected to Dave Masen's story. Better acting and a better script would have helped a lot; as it is it's strictly for laughs.
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June 21, 2009
This has always been regarded as sort of a minor classic, but it left me cold. I couldn't help thinking how silly it was when I first saw it and age hasn't improved it any. The book really is a lot better. Some things are better off left to the imagination.
June 21, 2009
Thanks, Queenbflix. I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't enchanted with it.
June 21, 2009
This is another case where the novel, by John Wyndham, was much better than the film. I agree with almost all of your criticisms. This on a film that should be remade with better actors and a better script. Good review
June 21, 2009
There was at least one remake of this. I'm not sure if the Australian version and the BBC tv series are one in the same or not, but there are references to both.
June 21, 2009
I've only seen the reviewed one. Do you know if they are any better than this film? Probably could not be any worse
June 21, 2009
I see there's going to be a series based on this coming this summer in the UK. I wonder how they will sustain suspense in a series and if they'll have a budget big enough to create some scary Triffids.
June 21, 2009
Really? If anyone can do this well, the Brits can. I love Primeval, Dr Who and some of the other older British horror films. If you have the chance to see it, please review it for us. The novel really is quite excellent.
June 21, 2009
Have you seen Blindness?
June 21, 2009
I hadn't heard of it until I read your review of the novel. It really, really sounds horrifying. Thank goodness it's only fiction.
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