A Book & 2 Movies Review!
I've watched various horror and other classic movies with my dad growing up. When I saw the original Thing [The Thing From Another World], after watching Kurt Russel's version from 1982, by John Carpenter, I was highly disappointed. But i never saw a remake of 1962's The Day of The Triffids. I couldn't find it in iTunes, Netflix, Shudder or even Hulu, but good old, reliable YouTube.com had it. Both versions. Yes, there were two!
So my journey began with the book. One day I thought, let's read The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham. It's the story of plants that were somehow infused with alien DNA . The night put on a spectacular light show, leaving anyone who watched the scientific phenomenon without sight. It also allowed the Triffid plants to become ambulatory, lashing out at the the unseeing humans in a carniverous capacity.
The book sucked. Big Time! It was so slow and boring, because instead of focusing on the story and how it affected any one person in particular, as with The War of The Worlds, it acted as some sort of biographical news telling. So once finished, I decided to watch the original movie, produced by George Pitcher and starred Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey. It too was a bust!
That version was boring and shared one death only- and it was highly cleaned up! I kept in mind, in the 60's, horror movies were just beginning to step into actual horror. So as forgiving as I was, I wanted more. So I dug deeper. I found a 2009 version, produced by BBC Loondon. I was thinking, Okay, here's a 2000 version; it's got to give me horror, right? Nope- it was a 2-part, made for TV series. Talk about a let down! I'm sorry but I don't like my dirt so clean- it was not horror!
Filled with popular actors, it gave a much better story, closely related to the book, but improved. BUT, it too wasn't quite the same. To be honest, I believe both movies were terribly different from the book due to the book not offering much to go by. It was a slate on which they painted their own ideas on how the world would have reacted. I was left with a plant-based taste in my mouth that has nothing to do with my being vegetarian.
Now that my curiosity has been loft wanting, I must now go out and seek a new horror to view. Hopefully one that at least gives me some blood! Cheers!
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