Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1962. Allied Artists Pictures, Security Pictures Ltd.. Screenplay by Bernard Gordon, Philip Yordan, based on the novel by John Wyndham. Cinematography by Ted Moore. Produced by George Pitcher. Music by Ron Goodwin. Production Design by Cedric Dawe. Costume Design by Bridget Sellers. Film Editing by Bill Lewthwaite.
The world is made a madhouse when a meteor shower blinds most of Europe’s citizens, with alien mutation rays causing flowers and plants everywhere to rise up and murder humans. A man who had been kept under cover following surgery and a little girl who stowed away on a train have managed to keep their sight and find each other, navigating their way quite dangerously from London to Paris in an effort to make it to the last convoy leaving for safety. Meanwhile, a troubled couple living on a lighthouse try to put the husband’s alcoholism away just long enough to defend themselves from the invasion of mean green mothers from outer space. Despite a hilariously B-level story line, the film is told with grace and class. The cheesy visual effects and the women constantly screaming while paralyzed with fear are especially fun to watch.