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5 August 1960 (USA) See more »
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The flowers that kill in the Spring TRA-LA See more »
Plot:
A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Charming little movie! See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jonathan Haze ... Seymour Krelboyne
Jackie Joseph ... Audrey Fulquard
Mel Welles ... Gravis Mushnick

Dick Miller ... Burson Fouch
Myrtle Vail ... Winifred Krelboyne
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 ... Det. Frank Stoolie
Meri Welles ... Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner ... Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)

Jack Nicholson ... Wilbur Force
Dodie Drake ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Coogan ... Tramp (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ... Drunk (uncredited)
Charles B. Griffith ... Kloy Haddock - hold-up man / Screaming Patient / Audrey Junior (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Charles B. Griffith (uncredited)
Mel Welles (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)

Roger Corman  co-writer (uncredited)

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Roger Corman .... produced by
 
Original Music by
Fred Katz 
Ronald Stein (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (photographer) (as Archie Dalzell)
Vilis Lapenieks (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Marshall Neilan Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Dixon .... assistant director
Charles B. Griffith .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master (as Carl Brainard)
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound recordist (as Phillip Mitchell)
 
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72 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-11 (DVD rating) (2007) | Finland:S (1998) | Ireland:PG | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: re-edited) (2009) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1999) (2003) (2004) (2005) (2008) (2009) | UK:A (original rating: theatrical rating) (1973) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The manager of Producer's Studio informed Roger Corman that a large office set had been constructed for a production that was about to wrap. Corman arranged to use the standing set, redressed, as the main set of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Audry Fulquard:Gravis, what happened? Tell me.
Gravis Mushnik:All right, I'll tell you tomorrow right after I tell the police.
Det. Sgt .Joe Fink:[voice-over] But Mushnik didn't go to the police. If he had, that would have been the end of this unhappy story. But it was not.
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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991)See more »
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Deck the HallsSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Charming little movie!, 7 October 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

This charming little B-movie tells the story of Seymour (Jonathon Haze), a good hearted yet rather slow boy, who works at a flower shop owned by Gravis Mushnick (Mel Welles). During his spare time Seymour develops a new type of plant, which he names Audrey Junior after a woman he likes (Jackie Joseph). Unfortunately this particular plant feeds off human blood and when Seymour can no longer feed it on his blood, the plant itself forces him to look elsewhere for food.

This delightful horror-comedy was remarkably shot in just two days and was originally intended as a sequel to director Roger Corman's ‘Bucket of Blood' (1959). However, ‘The Little Shop of Horrors' stands out in its own right as a charming and inventive low-budget horror movie. Throughout the movie we meet a whole variety of weird and wonderful characters including a man who eats plants (played by Dick Miller who would also work with Jackie Joseph in ‘Gremlins' (1984)), a sadistic dentist, a masochistic dental patient (an early performance from Jack Nicholson) and a woman who can't go a day without a family member passing on. Despite (or maybe because) of the overall absurdity of the movie, ‘The Little Shop of Horrors' manages to be strangely captivating yet portray an air of darkness in the right places.

Roger Corman directed this movie very well considering his resources and complimented the fairly tight screenplay written by Charles Griffith. The special effects were not of that high a standard but, considering the budget and shooting time one, can hardly have anything negative to say about that. The appearance of the plant as it grows throughout the movie may not be that great but overall it takes nothing away from the viewers enjoyment. Perhaps a little bit more could have been done to represent the plants movement more realistically but, even so, this is just a minor flaw of an otherwise great film. The performance from the three main stars was delightful. Though the acting was hammed up in places the movie never lost its comical charm and some slightly dramatic performances towards the end helped create an unsuspected eeriness in the dying moments.

Surprisingly ‘The Little Shop of Horrors' was virtually ignored on its initial release but eventually attained a cult status due to continuous TV play. For those of you who doubt its classic status ‘The Little Shop of Horrors' has now spawned a Broadway musical, a high-budget musical remake and even a Saturday morning children's TV programme. Short (around 68mins) but very entertaining, I recommend this to fans of quirky horror comedies and general horror fans alike! The movie features good direction, a well written story, interesting and likeable characters and some excellent one-liners. My rating for ‘The Little Shop of Horrors' 8/10.

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