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<i>The Day of the Triffids</i>. 1963. USA. Directed by Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis (uncredited)
  • The Day of the Triffids

    1963. USA. Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis (uncredited). 96 min.

Introduced by Hyatt

Sunday, October 31, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Day of the Triffids

    1963. USA. Directed by Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis (uncredited). Screenplay by Bernard Gordon, based on the novel by John Wyndham. With Howard Keel, Mervyn Johns, Kieron Moore, Janette Scott. A science fiction cult classic that hasn't been seen on the big screen in nearly fifty years (just in time for Halloween...), Triffids has inspired countless tales of post-apocalyptic survival, including George Romero's The Night of the Living Dead, John Carpenter's The Fog, and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. Filmed in CinemaScope and gorgeous color, Triffids is based on a novel by John Wyndham (who also wrote Village of the Damned), in which a dazzling meteor shower blinds most of the world's population, leaving the few who remain sighted to battle man-eating "Triffid" plants that are terrorizing the earth. Michael Hyatt has spent more than five years painstakingly restoring this film, even going so far as to remove innumerable specks of imbedded dirt by hand with a jeweler's loupe and a series of needles. Hyatt, who also worked on the restorations of Spartacus, My Fair Lady, and Sweet Smell of Success, will discuss his particularly complex labor of love. 96 min.