On The Plausibility Of Killer House Plants

On The Plausibility Of Killer House Plants

"Death wore velvety green. Homicidal house plants, next on Sick, Sad World."

I haven't seen “Day of the Triffids” since I was a kid, when they played it as part of the Creature Double Feature on Saturday mornings, home of Godzilla vs Just About Everything. Triffids are either alien plants or mutated plants, I think it depends on which version of the movie you watch. Either way, they like to eat you, usually after blinding you first. This might seem farfetched, but I consider it a perfectly realistic plot concept. We already know that there are meat-eating plants, ambush predators that eat little creatures unlucky enough to wander into range.

Is it so much of a stretch to think that our own trusted house plants, perhaps after watching a re-run of “Day of the Triffids” on late-night TV, should suddenly develop the ability to render their human owners blind and helpless, allowing them to feast on our bodies at will? I think not. When you think about how realistic this actually is, it's probably only a matter of time before it happens for real.

 

That's the thing about horror movies- the more realistic they are, the better. I find it much easier to believe in and be terrified by the possibility of a legion of house plants annihilating modern civilization in an orgy of leafy bloodletting, a kind of inverted all-you-can-eat salad buffet where the salad eats you instead of the other way around, then some of these modern horror movie plots. Guys killing college kids with butcher knives- how farfetched!