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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

YAAAY! Free movies are back!

In celebration of being named the Cinema Insomnia fan of the week, I present a very special Cinema Insomnia version of a classic horror film.

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from the almighty wikipdia god ...

"The Day of the Triffids is a 1951 post-apocalyptic novel about a plague of blindness that befalls the entire world, allowing the rise of an aggressive species of plant. It was written by the English science fiction author John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, under the pen name John Wyndham. The story has been made into three radio drama series in 1957, 1968 and 2008, two TV series in 1981 and 2009, and a 1962 British film directed by Steve Sekely. The movie was filmed in color with monaural sound and ran for 93 minutes.

Although the film retained some basic plot elements from Wyndham's novel, it was not a particularly faithful adaptation. 'It strays significantly and unnecessarily from the book and is less well regarded than the BBC's intelligent (if dated) 1981 TV serial.' Unlike the novel, the Triffids arrive as spores in an earlier meteor shower, and some of the action is moved to Spain. The ending used in the film appears to be closer to the ending of The War of the Worlds than Wyndham's novel and was also used to similar effect in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs.

It is this version of the film to which the song 'Science Fiction/Double Feature' (from the 1973 play The Rocky Horror Show) refers, in the lyric: 'And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills...' Also, a triffid appears aboard the spacecraft as one of the plants harvested by the aliens in the 1982 film E.T.

The film was also featured on an episode of Cinema Insomnia, a nationally syndicated American television series presented by horror host Mr. Lobo."

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