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Film Review: Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


Plant yourself in front of the tube and veg out with Frank Oz’s horticultural horror flick. Gawky Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), looking for a way to save his job in a ramshackle, skid row flower shop, purchases a curious exotic plant hoping it will make business bloom. And it does. There’s just one problem: The little creeper possesses a rapacious appetite for fresh human plasma … and it’s mushrooming out of control!


I was in a play of Little Shop of Horrors this year- I actually just finished it a couple days ago. I had a role as Bernstein, who wasn’t in the movie, but had some of the funniest lines in the show! And Little Shop is one of the greatest stage musicals of all time if you ask me. Any horror fan should love it, any comedy fan should love it, any musical theatre fan should love it. I really had a blast being in it. It was the best thing I had participated in. And then of course, there’s the 1986 Movie loosely-based adaptation with Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, directed by Frank Oz- who was famous for the muppet movies. And while not being 100% faithful to the play, the movie still kicks ass! ALthough it is kind of a bummber they changed the sad ending to a happy ending, and cut out Now It’s Just The Gas, Mushnik and Son, Ya Never Know and Call Back In the Morning, The movie still rocks.

“Alarm goes off at seven and you start up town
You put in your eight hours, for the powers that have always been
Till it’s 5 PM”
-Skid Row (the song, not the band)

Enter Skid Row: the most depressing place to live. High unemployment rate, awful looking streets, poor business rates. This means a living hell to the loveable Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), a geeky florist who works for a man named Gravis Mushnik who took him out of Skid Row’s Home For Boys when he was 9. He has a crush on Audrey (Ellen Greene), who is dating the sadistic dentist named Orin (Steve Martin) and dreams to get rid of the ol’ creep. However, Seymour decides to try and save Mushik’s Skid Row Florist and thinks he can pu presenting a strange and exotic plant- some breed of flytrap he calls “Audrey II”.

Little does he know- by putting it in the window, he attracts a crap-load of customers and they become big. However, Syemour discovers the secret sooner or later- AUDREY II DRINKS BLOOD!!!!!! He finds this out after pricking his finger on a rose’s thorn. Audrey II becomes bigger and this time it need HUMANS to survive, filling that little shop with lots of horrors.

If you love musicals, you should love this. It’s catchy, it’s brutal, it’s funny, it’s twisted, and just fun from beginning to end. And who can deny the great special effects either. THe puppeteering is much better than a lot of the substandard CGI we’re used to seeing. The Audrey II actually looks like a real plant other than a puppet. And the smooth, soulful voice of the late Levi Stubbs is let to this puppet, and it fits the puppet well. The Jive-talkin’, the voice, it’s just fun and you get a kick out of it.

Steve Martin’s appearance is awesome and so sadistically funny. He just dives into the character and just gives it all he’s got. He had me on the floor laughing till it hurts during “Dentist!”, and he actually is scary at times too. And not to mention Ellen Greene fits the adorable sluttiness of Audrey and she has the cutest little lisp ever. She can really sing too. And I never new that Rick Moranis had such a great singing voice!

So overall, this is a true classic that’s underrated and just screams “Pure cute, silly fun” in every aspect. Plus the song they wrote for the movie “Mean Green Mother From Outer Space” is catchy and will have you rockin’ out in your seat. If you want something fun, something twisted, or something that’ll pick you up, catch this musical. You’ll LOVE it!

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