Little Shop of Horrors

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Little Shop of Horrors
Photograph: Warner Bros. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Time Out says

In the basement of Mushnik's Skid Row florist's, weedy shop-boy Seymour pines for bubbly-blonde shop-girl Audrey. But the basement is also home to a strange and unusual plant, a growing, bloodthirsty demon determined to devour mankind. It's hard to pinpoint just what makes this surreal saga such a delight. There's the music, a wonderful doowop score from the off-Broadway hit based on Corman's 1960 cult classic. There's the antics of Second City veteran comedians (Murray, Candy, Belushi). There's Steve Martin as 'The Dentist', Audrey's biker-boyfriend, a happy-go-lucky sadist who nearly steals the show. And finally there's the plant, a 50-ft jiving, root-stomping, vegetable from whose 49-ft lips comes the voice of Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops. Though Frank Oz will be damned for changing the play's original ending - let them eat carrots - this wild and witty musical is great fun.

Details

Release details

Duration:
94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Frank Oz
Screenwriter:
Howard Ashman
Cast:
John Candy
Bill Murray
Christopher Guest
Miriam Margolyes
Ellen Greene
Steve Martin
Rick Moranis
Tisha Campbell
Michelle Weeks
Vincent Gardenia
Tichina Arnold
James Belushi

Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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tastemaker

As a musical nerd, if I was to write an essential top 10 musicals to see, this would be in there for many reasons...


THE CAST: We have multi-layered Ellen Greene, the endearing Rick Moranis, the hilariously odd Steve Martin and three amazing muses in the form of Tisha Campbell-Martin, Michelle Weeks & Tichina Arnold, not a scene is wasted

THE MUSIC: I've read much about writer Howard Ashmen, and Alan Menken is a fantastic composer, both who are behind many favourite Disney songs, it's get to see another side to these music magicians. The soundtrack is a regular favourite, with the delightful surprise of Motown legend Levi Stubbs voicing the evil Audrey II, the unspected music union of "Suddenly Symour" and pretty much any time Crystal, Ronette & Chiffon are on scene.

THE STYLE: The gritty meets camp style reminds me of John Waters movies and there is a signature feel of what makes Frank Oz movies so great

There's a reason this is an 80's cult classic!

Tastemaker

An absolute 80's cult classic! This film is kooky beyond words, incredibly funny and entertaining the whole way through. You'll be singing all the songs by the end of it!


Absolutely fantastic, in my opinion the best musical film EVER......plus, Danny John-Jules from 'Red Dwarf' is in it....


Absolutely fantastic, in my opinion the best musical film EVER......plus, Danny John-Jules from 'Red Dwarf' is in it....