THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1981, TV series)Director: Ken Hannam
Nick Frost says: It’s not a film, but back in early ’80s there was a series on television called The Day Of The Triffids, which was based on a John Wyndham book, which is my favorite book. It’s definitely sci-fi, and I’m a big fan of end-of-the-world things, and that one just ticks all the boxes for me. It’s fabulous. It’s a great book.
It’s weird now, though, watching it, because I remember watching it as a kid and I was just terrified. It’s about these big plants that blind you and then slowly eat you. They did this amazing set-up where, essentially, if humans were blind, plants would be higher up on the food chain, and that is weirdly what happens. The plants would communicate by rattling these sticks and making a noise that sounded like a sprinkler. I remember being a kid and thinking, This is the most terrifying thing in the world.
It’s funny when I watch it now, because it doesn’t scare me at all. [Laughs.] But there’s still something in it. It’s still pretty clever. They actually made a big remake back in England, and it wasn’t bad—it was alright. But I think I was just bitter that I wasn’t asked to be in it. [Laughs.] I’d always say, “Oh, I’d love to remake The Day Of The Triffids,” and then there it was.