Day of the Triffids, The

Date: 1962
Director: Steve Sekely
Production Company: Allied Artists Pictures, Security Pictures Ltd.

Stars: Howard Keel, Kieron Moore, Janette Scott, Janina Faye, Nicole Maurey, Mervyn Johns
Location(s): Barcelona (Spain), London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A meteorite shower causes the majority of the the population to become blind. It also brings spores to earth that grow into Triffids, plants that can move and kill.

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Screen captures and uncredited ‘now’ images uploaded by Phil Wilkinson

 

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The first real location of the film where merchant navy officer Bill Masen is recovering from eye surgery.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1.

Bill Masen (Howard Keele) leaves Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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The same location now.

Masen finds deserted cars and buildings. Newmans Row on the east side of Lincolns Inn Fields, London WC2.

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The same location now.

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Wandering through the streets, Masen comes across scenes of chaos and destruction. Unknown location.

It becomes apparent that the population has become blind.

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Lincolns Inn Fields looking towards Serle Street, London WC2.

Walking into Marylebone station, Melcombe Place, London NW1.

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The same location now.

Its driver and fireman blinded, an express train speeds into the terminus at Marylebone station.

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Lots of redevelopment but the same platform.

After rescuing Susan (Janina Faye) from the train wreckage, the pair look for help. Simon James' London Movie Guide identifies the area as the east side of Lincolns Inn Fields.

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Not the clearest of views but the building to the right in image dot008 appears to be the one in the centre of this shot.

There's a triffid in them thar bushes. Lincolns Inn Fields, London WC2.

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Again, not the clearest of views. See the next image for a shot from outside of the railings.

The same shot as image dot009.

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A clearer view of the buildings in image dot009.

I told you there was a triffid there, I heard it! Lincolns Inn Fields again.

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After wandering around Lincolns Inn I came to the conclusion that it had been remodelled and some trees had been removed. This is the closest that I could get to the same shot.

Second unit shot of Piccadilly Circus with a blinded population. London W1.

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Looking towards Shaftesbury Avenue. SJ

The pair cross London. Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament.

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A slight gap in the never ending hoard of tourists. London SW1.

Trying south of the river. Westminster Bridge, London SE1. Used in Genevieve, Night and the CIty, London Belongs to Me, Seven Days to Noon, etc etc.

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The Olympics got rid of the traffic for this shot!!

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About to make the journey to France. Royal Victoria Dock, Connaught Road, London E16.

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Driving through Paris. A matte shot of the Arc de Triomphe, Place du Général de Gaulle, Paris.

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Paris. Another matte with stationary traffic as Masen's car drives through.

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Masen and Susan come across a chateau used as a Blind Peoples home. Unidentified location.

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Mr. Coker (Mervyn Johns) helps to load a car as Masen and Susan prepare to leave for Cadiz, Spain. Unknown location.

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Entering a town in Spain. IMDB states that filming took place in Alicante.

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Driving through the square before leaving town. This appears to be a second unit shot of an unconfirmed location in Spain.

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About to leave the town. Unknown location. Janina Faye comments "'The Day of The Triffids' may well have had shots taken on Location in Alacante, but I got as far as the 'Lot' at Shepperton Studios!"

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A matte. Janina Faye mentions that "The scene outside with the ice-cream van and the Triffids approaching was all done at Shepperton Studios".

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