Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Day of the Triffids (1963)

If someone had come up to me yesterday and said: "Hey, hey - you should totally see The Day of the Triffids! It's a great movie!"

I would respond with: "Day of the what? Truffles? Triffids, seriously? What are triffids?" and then picture in my mind something that resembles a hairball.

Now that I've seen this film I'm here to tell you: "Hey, hey - you should totally see The Day of the Triffids! It's a great movie!"

It really is, folks. This British Sci-Fi Horror film is absolutely stellar. Not only is the world invaded by large gruesome carnivorous plants that can UPROOT THEMSELVES and attack people, but their alien arrival via a meteorite shower has blinded nearly everyone on Earth.

Doesn't that sound like fun?!

Now I know that all sounds like the making of another great product for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 show ( has B moments), but that's part of what makes this movie so great: It's A Surprise!

This movie is a well executed thriller with fine acting, atmosphere, cinematography, production value, and story line. Even the monsters are effectively disturbing, albeit circa 1960s monsters. The Day of the Triffids is not your typical mid-century creature feature. This is a serious, top-shelf, sinister and innovative creature feature that will crawl right into your chest cavity and rip your hearts out.

An excellent pick for a late night movie or to gather around with classic horror movie fans - either way, I can guarantee this movie will not disappoint.

Pairings: Eat Salad. An enormous salad - preferably with at least one ingredient that is difficult to pronounce. Have some liquor around - But Don't Drink It. Let it just sit there and tempt you. Couple bottles of beer from a local brewery or very dark tea. Watch with botanists.

Watch the movie here! Compliments of the Internet Archive, or use the links under Find It. Watch It. on Horror Habit's side bar to locate where else you can find this delightfully creepy-crawly classic.