Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)

4 / 5
Tagline: The funniest picture this year!
Directed by: Roger Corman
Written by: Charles B. Griffith
Actors include: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Drama
Length: 70 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Now this is a funny horror comedy with equal parts of all things entertaining (thanks again Mr. Corman!). I've seen this one a couple of times throughout the years and it never seems to lose it's charm. The story is about the hapless do nothing right Seymore who works at a florist shop. Seymore is in love with sympathetic co-worker Audrey, and has a grumpy boss Gravis who wants to fire Seymore. He manages to save his job by impressing folks with his unusual plant he's growing. The only thing is that it doesn't look very healthy and Seymore can't find out how to liven up his plant...or he'll lose his job and Audrey will too. Soon Seymore learns that his plant craves blood...and can talk! He's then left with the responsibility of feeding his plant, but what will happen when his boss finds out what the plant needs for food? It's clever, charming and works on every level. Best of all is the sadistic dentist, and Jack Nicholson's character who happens to be a masochist! It's pure charm and honestly I prefer this original version to the musical (although it's a hoot as well).

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