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The Day of the Triffids

Released 1963
Distributor Allied Artists Pictures

This first screen treatment of John Wyndham’s gripping science fiction novel took many liberties with the original, but the innate power of the concept of alien invaders blinding Earth’s populace has turned a troubled production into a semi-classic. Out of circulation for years, it’s been painstakingly restored by longtime Triffids fan Michael Hyatt, whose refurbished version was unveiled a few years ago at the Turner Classic Film Festival in LA. Remade as two British television mini-series in 1981 and 1997.

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About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.