The Day of the Triffids (1962): United Kingdom – directed by Steve Sekely
Not rated by the MPAA – contains some violence, mature themes, and ambulatory plants
The Day of the Triffids is a fair deal more serious than I thought a movie about carnivorous plants who can move and kill people ought to be. But placing it in the historical timeline, it comes from the line of British sci-fi horror movies made in the 1960’s. Other films, such as The Day the Earth Caught Fire, dealt seriously with somewhat silly subjects. Here the subject is giant plants.
Actually, it goes a little deeper than that. There is a meteor shower all over earth, with bright colors and brilliant lights. There’s a Navy man (Howard Keel) at a hospital in the UK who can’t wait to get his eye bandages off and begs to be able to see the meteor shower. But no, he must wait until the next morning to remove the bandages.
However, the next morning he is one of the few people on earth who can see. Everyone who watched the meteor shower has gone blind. Also, the shower made a nice domesticated plant called the triffid go crazy. Pretty soon the plants are shuffling along the ground and attacking everyone in sight. And the problem isn’t just relegated to Great Britain, as our Navy man finds out soon enough.