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Day of the Triffids

JOHN DUTTINE dons a raggedy beard and eye patch to battle rattling rubber penis-plants walking on stems.



  1. Frank Jackdaw

    February 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    No eye-patch. At the time, it was bloody scary… and certainly better than the 2009 remake.

  2. Matty

    November 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    It still *is* scary, as a quick watch of the DVD will demonstrate. Since the triffids are plants the whole “looked like rubber” thing wasn’t and isn’t an issue. And the triffids themselves are only half of the threat: the other is that civilisation has spectacularly collapsed worldwide and the killer plants are simply taking advantage of an already-chaotic situation.

    It helps that it was made in the era before knowing irony and every character being a smart-arse and so the whole thing is taken deadly seriously.

  3. Sidney Balmoral James

    October 12, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Rather reductive review for what may be one of the finest series the BBC provided in 80s – the opening episode in the hospital is superb, it has the most shit-scary title sequence of perhaps any programme ever. It is however a rather relentlessly depressing watch – mass blindness, carnivorous plants, murderous looters, plague, euthanasia etc. I was allowed to watch this when I was 5 folks. What were my parents thinking?

    • THX 1139

      October 13, 2021 at 12:05 am

      It didn’t even have a happy ending, the survivors just got the hell out of there and we had to assume they were safe. No guarantees, though! I suppose they made it like the book.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    May 16, 2024 at 3:46 pm

    The BBC had a fine line in scary series, often shown before the watershed, in the early eighties. Day Of The Triffids was very unsettling, with the plants terrorising a country that had mostly gone blind after a meteor shower, but how about The Nightmare Man, where a strange carnivorous man terrorises the Isle Of Skye and is killing people for no reason? This was frightening as the villain would creep up on people and tear them apart.

  5. Richardpd

    May 17, 2024 at 11:06 pm

    The Mad Death was another creepy drama made at the same time.

    • Glenn Aylett

      May 19, 2024 at 10:54 am

      The Mad Death was a classic that has never been repeated since 1985, maybe as rabies has been wiped out in most of Europe. Abother unsettling one from BBC Scotland: Badger By Owl Light about a killer cult run by a neo Nazi and set in a village full of hostile locals.

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