24 April 2014

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
70 min.
Directed by Roger Corman.
With Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Myrtle Vail, Toby Michaels, Tammy Windsor, Jack Nicholson, Leola Wendorff, Wally Campo.
This Roger Corman staple is a late nite classic and all around good fun.

Poor fool Seymour (Haze) works in a flower shop on Skid Row and one day he creates an utterly unique hybrid plant form by way of a venus flytrap.

Seymour's ecstatic! His new plant turns the store into a huge sensation!

But Seymour soon discovers that his new creation - named 'Audrey Jr' - requires blood for food...and it's up to Seymour to provide the red stuff for his leafy friend! Only....where, oh where will Seymour come up with a fresh, daily supply of blood?

Shot in two days (truly one of Corman's notorious quickies) and cleverly penned by Charles Griffith (writer for 1959's A Bucket of Blood), this benefits from likable performances.

Haze is great as the bumbling schmuck, and there's a hefty handful of off-kilter moments. Nicholson shines in an early role as the masochistic dental patient.

Also known as The Passionate People Eater.

Remade as a comedy-musical in 1986.

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