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The Little Shop of Horrors Reviews

This is the ultimate Roger Corman super-low-budget cult favorite, also one of the funniest black comedies ever made. The plot details the sorry existence of a dim-witted schlepp, Haze, who works in Welles's Skid Row flower shop. To impress his girl, Joseph, Haze invents a flower he names Audrey, Jr. Soon the plant is all the rage among botanists. The only problem is that the little flower needs human blood to grow. After discovering this gruesome detail, and the fact that the plant can talk (when it's hungry it yells, "Feed me!"), Haze becomes slowly possessed by the flora and commits several murders in order to stop his plant's tummy from growling. With these feedings comes the plant's rapid growth; it soon overgrows the whole flower shop while bellowing "Feeeed meee!" in a monstrously loud and obnoxious voice. Poor Haze finds he can no longer handle his creation. While its story doesn't make for very funny reading, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a hilarious (and yes, quite silly) film filled to the brim with enough little vignettes and character quirks to sustain laughter throughout its brief 70-minute running time. Shot in two days by Corman, who was challenged by a studio employee to come up with a script and shoot a movie in the brief time remaining before the storefront set was torn down (it had been left standing from another production), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is surprisingly well shot and performed. Corman contacted screenwriter Chuck Griffith from his other camp hit, A BUCKET OF BLOOD, and together they hacked out the killer plant story in less than a week. Aided by on-the-set inspiration, Corman, his crew, and the cast (including a very young Jack Nicholson in a side-splitting cameo as a masochistic dental patient begging for more pain) threw together a small masterpiece of taut, economical filmmaking. The story was revived in the 1980s as a very successful Off-Broadway musical, and a film version of the musical was released in 1986.