The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  5 August 1960 (USA)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.


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Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ...
Jackie Joseph ...
Mel Welles ...
Myrtle Vail ...
Tammy Windsor ...
Toby Michaels ...
Shirley's Friend
Leola Wendorff ...
Mrs. Siddie Shiva
Lynn Storey ...
Mrs. Hortense Fishtwanger - Society of Silent Flower Observers of Southern California
Wally Campo ...
Det. Sgt .Joe Fink / Narrator
Jack Warford ...
Meri Welles ...
Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner ...
Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
Dodie Drake ...


Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become good "friends". The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>

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Release Date:

5 August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater  »

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$27,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally released on a double feature with Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960) and later on a double bill with Last Woman on Earth (1960). See more »


Frank walks into Detective Fink's office, sits down and lights a cigarette. The cigarette remains in his mouth until a close-up shot, where it is missing. When the wide shot is resumed, the cigarette is back again. See more »


Gravis Mushnik: Look at it, it grows like a cold sore from the lip.
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Referenced in That's So Raven: When in Dome (2005) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish ballad
Words by Robert Burns
Sung off-screen and a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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Jack Nicholson Loves His Teeth Pulled !
4 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roger Corman made this film in 1960 and was able to produce this film on a shoe string and secured unknown actors like Jack Nicholson (Wilbur Force), " Chinatown",'74, and Jonathan Haze (Seymour Kreilboind), "The Terror", '63, with Boris Karloff and once again Jack Nicholson. Seymour was fantastic in this film, with his Jewish jokes and on going Punch Lines throughout the picture. Jackie Joseph (Audrey Fulguard), "The Split", '68 played a way out good looking gal trying to please everyone, including the Hungry PLANT ! Wilbur Force played a great patient in a Dentist office who just simply LOVED PAIN AND SUFFERING and needed almost every tooth in his mouth PULLED for the JOY of IT ! If you want to see a very young Jack Nicholson starting out in pictures, this is a must see film !

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