Five killer plants from outer space
|Feed me, Seymour!|
Here are five excellent lean, mean, chorophyll-green killing machines...
Feed me Seymour! In the cult retro musical Little Shop of Horrors, after a comet goes by, nerdy Seymour discovers an unusual plant that is most definitely carnivorous. He names it Audrey II, after the beautiful girl he loves – though she's involved with a brutish dentist who beats her. Will Seymour get the girl? Will Audrey get the suburban life she craves? And will Audrey II get the meaty meal it's asking for?
John Wyndham's 1951 novel The Day of the Triffids has been made and remade for film and radio. It's genuinely creepy; walking carnivorous plants are already a problem, and are suspected to have been accidentally released from a Soviet lab, but after a strange meteor shower blinds everyone who saw it, the Triffids take their chance to conquer the planet.
In the 1962 film, the Triffids do come from outer space. So there...
|Elderly horticultural heroine helping out.|
In the fourth series of The Avengers, when John Steed and Emma Peel go to investigate the disappearances of a number of prominent horticulturalists, they discover the alien mastermind behind the disappearances is one of their strangest foes yet. While Audrey looks like a cross between a Venus flytrap and a tulip, and the triffids are somewhere between an orchid and a pitcher plant, Steed and Peel's faceoff is with... wait for it... A KILLER DANDELION. Actually, given how hard they are to remove from a lawn, that is pretty terrifying.
The Killer Tomatoes
In the horror comedy Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, tomatoes turn on people simply because they can. It's very silly, intentionally so. I'm waiting - okay, hoping - for a 2010's remake, Attack of the Killer Avocados, where lots of hipsters die in suspicious toast-related accidents.
|Terrifying isn't the word. No, it really isn't.|
The 'villain' in one of the segments in portmanteau film Dr Terror's House of Horrors, this crawling vine covers a man's house, eats his dog, and proves itself a household pest on a par with Japanese knotweed, all the time looking like the sort of ropy fake foliage you find on special offer in Poundland every once in a while. It's not an alien invader, it's simply assumed to be the next stage in evolution. I'd still be looking for some form of space travel, mind you...
Are there any other killer plants that you feel are worth a mention? Tell me if you've thought of another space travelling one!