A shower of meteorites produces a rare night time spectacle that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the World's population go completely blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of Triffids: farmed plants harvested for their oils, which are capable of moving themselves around and are carnivorous. In this film version, however, the Triffids are not indigenous plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in this and an earlier meteor shower. Derided by the original novel's author, John Wyndham, for straying so far away from the source material.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

Budget $750,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • April 27, 1963



Cast 15

  1. Howard Keel

    Howard Keel
    Bill Masen

  2. Nicole Maurey

    Nicole Maurey
    Christine Durrant

  3. Janette Scott

    Janette Scott
    Karen Goodwin

  4. Kieron Moore

    Kieron Moore
    Tom Goodwin

  5. Mervyn Johns

    Mervyn Johns
    Mr. Coker

  6. Ewan Roberts

    Ewan Roberts
    Dr. Soames

  7. Alison Leggatt

    Alison Leggatt
    Miss Coker

  8. Geoffrey Matthews

    Geoffrey Matthews
    Luis de la Vega

  9. Janina Faye

    Janina Faye
    Susan - Child on the Train

  10. Gilgi Hauser

    Gilgi Hauser
    Teresa de la Vega

  11. John Tate

    John Tate
    Captain - SS Midland

  12. Carole Ann Ford
  13. Arthur Gross

    Arthur Gross
    Flight 356 Radioman

  14. Victor Brooks
  15. Colette Wilde

    Colette Wilde
    Nurse Jamieson

Crew 16


  1. CD

    Cedric Dawe
    Art Direction


  1. TM

    Ted Moore
    Director of Photography

  2. JW

    John Winbolt
    Camera Operator

Costume & Make-Up

  1. EW

    Eileen Warwick

  2. PR

    Paul Rabiger
    Makeup Artist


  1. MA

    Maurice Askew
    Sound Recordist

  2. BR

    Bert Ross
    Sound Recordist


  1. SS

    Steve Sekely

  2. Freddie Francis

    Freddie Francis


  1. GP

    George Pitcher

  2. PY

    Philip Yordan
    Executive Producer


  1. RG

    Ron Goodwin
    Original Music Composer

  2. MM

    Matt McCarthy
    Sound Editor

Visual Effects

  1. WV

    Wally Veevers
    Visual Effects


  1. BG

    Bernard Gordon

  2. JW

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