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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

 -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ...
Jackie Joseph ...
Mel Welles ...
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Myrtle Vail ...
Tammy Windsor ...
Shirley
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)
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Dodie Drake ...
Waitress
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Storyline

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 <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The flowers that kill in the Spring TRA-LA See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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5 August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater  »

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Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles B. Griffith put several of his relatives in the film; Myrtle Vail - "grandmother" Myrt - for example, is actually his grandmother, and the hobo that Dr. Farb tortures in his office is Griffith's father. He also placed several of his relatives in crowd scenes. The bums in the background of the street shots on Skid Row are real transients, however, and were filmed in the actual skid row area of Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Seymour walks into the shop holding a bag with Dr. Farb's body in it]
Audrey Jr.: Give me food!
Seymour Krelboin: Aw, take it easy, Dracula. What do you think I'm carrying here, my dirty laundry?
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Connections

Featured in Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(1843) (uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Sung off-screen and a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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Campy classic
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV when I was a kid and it probably never even made the Drive-In circuit but went straight to local television station libraries. Even as a kid I never saw any horror in this but viewed it as a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy. This is directed by the king of Drive-In horror genre movies Roger Corman who also went into straight to video film making as a producer. This movie likely would have had it's limited late night TV run in the 60's and into the early 70's and then disappeared if not for the fact that a young Jack Nicholson had a fun and memorable role in this. Lead actor Jonathan Haze didn't have a notable career after this but Jackie Joseph would go on to a lot of film, television roles and TV cartoon voice-overs. Other cast members Dick Miller and Mel Welles would go on to appear in many television and movie roles and Miller is still very active today. Writer Charles B Griffith and Roger Corman wrote this in a single night, gave their actors three days to rehearse and shot it in two days. Griffith supplies the voice of the man-eating plant. This is a black comedy, low budget campy classic and I've seen it many times. Great character names and a funny script. This is bad by design which makes it pretty good. I would give this a 6.5 out of 10.


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