Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Directed by: Frank Oz

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Vincent Garcendia, Tichina Campbell, Michelle Weeks, Tisha Campbell, James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, Stanley Jones

and Levi Stubbs as "Audrey II"










OH MY FRICKIN' GOD! WHO'LL SAVE US FROM THE JIM HENSON EFFECT???



For us manly men, planting has never been our thing. We never had our reasons why, aside from the fact it's too girly. As for me, this movie would be a good reason why.

"Little Shop of Horrors" may make planting look satanic, but it's still entertaining. VERY entertaining.

I guess you could say that it's one of the best...."demonic-human-eating-plant" movies ever made. It's full of laughs, super-duper special effects, and great songs.






"Open wide!"



First off, a little history. The film was based off of a Broadway Musical, which itself was based off of a 1960 film by B-movie king Roger Corman.

The 1960 film is probably well known for being the film that was shot in two days. I'm totally not kidding. I don't know if that makes it better to watch or fun to make fun of it's crappy production values.

Anyways, for some strange reason, the film was then made into a musical (!) in 1982 by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the guys who wrote "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid".





"Hey, Audrey II! Stay a-WAY from the ass!"



Then, in 1986, the movie was made into a musical by Muppet puppeteer Frank Oz, and was hailed as one of the most entertaining films of the year.


Now you know...and knowing is half the battle!







GI JOOOOOOOOOOOEEEE!!!!





WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

A nerdy store clerk (Moranis) buys a strange plant thats grows when it's fed more and more bodies.



WHAT'S BAD ABOUT IT?

While she was endearing, The main heroine Audrey (Greene) had the most annoying voice I've ever heard. Think of it as Minnie Mouse on helium.





"Look, I know I'm a hideous man-eating plant bent on taking over the world, but...how's about feeding me?





WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT IT?

Everything else.

The songs were incredibly catchy. My favorites were the ones at the beginning and the one where the plant, Audrey II, tells Seymour to feed her. It's really good stuff. Of course, what did you expect from the write the songs from "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid"?

The actors were practically made for these rolesthey were chosen for. Rick Moranis was just great, even if he sounded a bit different from his other roles. Steve Martin was hilarious as Audrey's asshole boyfriend/greaser dentist (?), and Levi Stubbs just stole the show as the evil plant.

Also, the film wasn't too boring. It caught my attention the whole time, especially with the excellent effects of the plant at the end of the film.





"Seymour...I'm pregnant."







"What are YOU looking at, Retro Junk viewr scum?"







"Don't ask questions, just FEED ME, DAMMIT!"






BOTTOM LINE:

Highly recommend. That's all there is to it. "Little Shop of Horrors" is free to go.





OVERALL SCORE:

4.5/5





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