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    little shop of horrorsTitle: Little Shop of Horrors

    Director: Frank Oz

    Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Levi Stubbs, Jim Belushi

    Release Date: Dec. 19, 1986

    Running Time: 94 min

    Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi , Horror, Musical


    Little Shop of Horrors is a delightful musical comedy about a man-eating plant from outer space. The early '60s style doo-wop music is great, as are the singing, acting, and special effects. Rick Moranis plays a great role as a nerdy flower shop employee and horticultural expert, and Steve Martin does a terrific job as a sadistic dentist and motorcyclist.

    Plot Summary

    • Introduction: Seymour Krelborn (Moranis) and his love interest Audrey (Greene) are two young unhappy employees at a flower shop in the slums of a large city. Business is terrible until Seymour shows up with Audrey II, a very strange plant which unbeknownst to him or anyone else is really an alien from outer space preparing for world domination. Once Seymour displays Audrey II in the window, business starts booming. Seymour nurses the plant, which turns out requires blood to grow. Meanwhile, Audrey is very unhappy because of her abusive relationship with Orin Scrivello (Martin), a sadistic dentist.
    • Murder: Eventually Audrey II grows into a human-size monster of a plant and begins to talk. It begs for Seymour to feed it with human flesh, whence Seymour is forced to commit murder. Audrey II convinces him to kill Orin, which he does, then cutting him up and feeding him to the plant. Relieved that her abusive ex-boyfriend is now kaput, Audrey falls in love with Seymour. But now Mushnik, the plant store owner, begins to suspect foul play on Seymour's part, whence Seymour is forced to kill him as well and feed him to Audrey II.
    • Conclusion: Things get really out of hand once Audrey II goes after Audrey, swallowing her in fact until Seymour is able to rescue her. The last straw is when Seymour gets a visit from Patrick Martin (Belushi), a businessman who plans to cut up pieces of Audrey II and plant them all over the world, which Seymour soon realizes was Audrey II's plan all along for world domination. In the end, Seymour battles it out with Audrey II, finally electrocuting him and living happily ever after with Audrey.


    Cultural Significance
    Little Shop of Horrors started as a 1960 cult film, became an off-Broadway stage musical in 1984, and was finally adapted to film in 1986. As a musical film it was not a huge success, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I've always loved musicals and this was the first one I'd seen in quite awhile.

    The music form Little Shop of Horrors is not well-known, but I think it is very good nonetheless. Here are some songs from the movie:

    • "Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)" (Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Skid Row (Downtown)" (Seymour, Audrey, Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Grow for Me" (Seymour, Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Somewhere That's Green" (Audrey)
    • "Dentist!" (Orin, Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Feed Me (Git It)" (Audrey II, Seymour, Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Suddenly, Seymour" (Seymour, Audrey, Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette)
    • "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" (Audrey II, Chorus)

    Movie Clips

    Here's a hilarious clip of Steve Martin singing "Dentist!"



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