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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: The Day of the Triffids

Every disaster movie needs a good party

Every disaster movie needs a good party

I didn't get hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills. In fact, I had to cover my ears whenever she screamed.

Now that "Science Fiction/Double Feature" is playing in your head (you're welcome) this science fiction, semi recycled disaster movie was so-so. It's more science fiction than disaster.

As the Royal Botanic Gardens night watchman (Ian Wilson) begins his shift, a meteor shower is happening all over the world. It's billed as a once in a lifetime event and for the triffids at the garden, it's their wakeup call. With each flash of light, they gain more strength and eventually unearth themselves to kill the watchman.

However, some people can't enjoy the nighttime show, like Bill Masen (Howard Keel) who's laid up in the hospital following eye surgery. But is he one of the lucky ones, or is the nightmare just beginning for him?

He keeps begging Dr. Soames (Ewan Roberts) to remove his bandages so that he can see the shower, but Dr. Soames tells him that he has to wait for ten days before the bandages can be removed. Plus, he wants to see his nurse, Miss Jamieson (Collette Wilde) because he hears that she's quite the dish.

Miss Jamieson giggles as she fluffs up his bed and gives him a cigarette. Following a quick puff, she takes it from him, and she and Dr. Soames leave the room.

Over in an isolated lighthouse, Tom and Karen Goodwin (Kieron Moore and Janette Scott) are having a heated argument over Tom's drinking. The scientist is upset that a boat only comes once every seven days with supplies and Karen suggests that he go back to dissecting a sting ray. He tells her that he wants to leave the lighthouse and she agrees to it so when the boat comes, they'll leave.

The next morning, after Bill counts nine rings on Big Ben, he calls out to Miss Jamieson and Dr. Soames, but neither come. Frustrated, he takes off the bandages and once his eyes adjust, he wanders about the hospital corridors taking in the mess and silence.

As he stands on the stairs, Dr. Soames startles him and tells him that he can't see and has Bill take him back to his office. There, Dr. Soames has Bill give him an eye examination and when he's not looking, Dr. Soames jumps out the window.

After getting dressed, Bill leaves the hospital and sees people wandering the streets of London hugging walls since they've been blinded by the meteor shower.

He wanders over to the train station where he's attacked by blind people asking if he can see and they begin telling him what they want. At that time, a train comes barrelling into the station and crashes into a wall. I know it's not funny, but the passengers tumbling out of the train is hilarious.

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When people discover that Susan (Janina Faye) a stowaway in the baggage compartment, can see, she's mobbed and Bill rescues her. She tells him that she ran away and that she's an orphan, so she and Bill head over to the dockyard where his ships docked.

On board, he fiddles with the radio and gets a transmission from the S.S. Midland which is adrift in the middle of the ocean.

Over at the lighthouse, Tom and Karen learn of the destruction from their radio and he wonders where the boat is to take them away, but it'll never come. Karen looks out and sees a triffid growing on some rocks and Tom fights it when it comes into the lighthouse.

With the city on fire Bill and Susan leave and are stranded on the road. He tells her to look for some rocks and a triffid stalks them, but they make it back into the car as it spits some poison at the back window.

In Paris, the duo meet up with Miss Durant (Nicole Maurey) and Mr. Coker (Mervyn Johns) who are sheltering other blind survivors and Susan befriends Bettina (Carol Ann Ford).

Tom uses his dissecting expertise and tries to figure out how the triffids thrive and more importantly how they can be killed. This is when Karen fights one.

Bill, Susan and Miss Durant head to Spain where they meet Luis and Teresa de la Vega (Geoffrey Matthews and Gilgi Hauser). She's ready to give birth and they find out that she's been blind since birth, so she's been helping Luis get used to being blind.

As they try to fight off the triffids, Susan suggests that they may be attracted to sound and Bill tests out her theory and manages to set up an electric fence that somewhat stops them from invading. He manages to get everyone out safely, while Tom and Karen continue to battle the triffids at the lighthouse.

While the movie is campy, you always know when the triffids are around since they sound like bong water (I don't partake in the Devil's lettuce but I've seen a lot of movies where there has been the use of a bong) and with as tame as this movie is, it did receive an X rating in the United Kingdom.

It's also funny to note that there are warnings for this due to "intense scenes," "violence and gore," "profanity" and the worst of all- "smoking."

But I think the funniest line comes from the little boy on the plane.

After calming down the passengers (all of them blind) he asks one of the flight attendants if the pilots are blind also. Panic erupts once more and I guess kids do say the darndest things.

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