Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene star in this dark comedy rock musical – an adaptation of the Menken/Ashman show, itself adapted from the 1960 Roger Corman film. Directed by Frank Oz (his first film outside the Muppets stable) and featuring cameos from Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, John Candy and James Belushi.

Styled as a mock B-Movie, the story follows Seymour (Moranis) who works in a struggling flower shop on Skid Row, in 1960s New York. Looking for a way to save the business, he thinks he's found it in an exotic plant bought from a street vendor (Vincent Wong). Named after his love Audrey (Greene), Seymour discovers to his horror that Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs' baritone) craves human blood and flesh. The fast-growing plant is a storefront attraction, but also requires a constant string of murders that Seymour reluctantly undertakes.

The movie's original finale (which we won’t describe, don't worry) was re-shot before release after receiving negative reception from test audiences. This ending has been restored in later director’s cut releases on DVD.

1986Rating: M90 minsUSA
ComedyHorrorMusicalScience FictionClassic
Director:
Frank Oz ('The Muppets Take Manhattan', 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', 'Bowfinger')
Cast:
Rick MoranisSteve MartinEllen GreeneLevi StubbsTichina ArnoldJames BelushiJohn CandyChristopher GuestBill Murray
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Variety

Variety

press

Little Shop of Horrors is a fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you. [29 Dec 1986, p.71]

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

'The Little Shop of Horrors' is a thoroughly original adaptation, if that's possible. With its toe-tapping cadences, its class cast and its king-sized cabbage, it's destined to become a classic of camp comedy. It's vege-magic.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Little Shop of Horrors isn't uniformly entertaining, nor is its score always entirely audible; the musical dubbing is at times very awkward. But its best moments are delightful enough to make the slow stretches unimportant.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is the kind of movie that cults are made of, and after 'Little Shop' finishes its first run, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it develop into a successor to 'Rocky Horror Show,' as one of those movies that fans want to include in their lives.

Variety

Variety

press

Little Shop of Horrors is a fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you. [29 Dec 1986, p.71]

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

'The Little Shop of Horrors' is a thoroughly original adaptation, if that's possible. With its toe-tapping cadences, its class cast and its king-sized cabbage, it's destined to become a classic of camp comedy. It's vege-magic.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Little Shop of Horrors isn't uniformly entertaining, nor is its score always entirely audible; the musical dubbing is at times very awkward. But its best moments are delightful enough to make the slow stretches unimportant.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is the kind of movie that cults are made of, and after 'Little Shop' finishes its first run, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it develop into a successor to 'Rocky Horror Show,' as one of those movies that fans want to include in their lives.

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