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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

One of Corman's first is still one of his best

Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
12 July 2006

The first version of The Little Shop of Horrors, long before the Broadway musical and Frank Oz's musical/horror/comedy, is one of the primary examples of shoe-string movie-making. Shoe-string, of course, refers mostly to the budget, and this possibly ranks above others like Clerks, Slacker, Night of the Living Dead and Blair Witch in order to put it together so quickly. And yet for all of its little slip-ups and deranged moments of comedy, it does work for what its worth. Not that it doesn't show that the film was made in two days, but on those terms of extremely low-budget, go-for-broke B-movie-making, Roger Corman as a director has quite a nifty effort here. The story is similar to a fairy-tale (a darkly comic one to be sure, like one of the Fractures Fairy tales from the old Rocky & Bullwinkle show), in how Seymour (Jonathan Haze, perfect as an awkward, easily shockable little guy) tries to nurture a plant to earn the affections of Audrey (Jackie Joseph). But then the plant turns into a meat-eater, to put it that way, and from there Charles Griffith's script goes into wild comic turns where he now has to figure out how to take care of the plant before it 'takes care' of him. Some scenes are less notable than others, and sometimes the cheesiness of it all (just look at the plant itself for proof enough) can be wearisome. But Corman keeps the atmosphere with a giddy amount of late 50s 'shlock', and some scenes stand the test of time as the best of their B-movie status. Tops go to the 2nd film appearance from Nicholson as the most psychotic of the bunch, as a 'chipper' fetishist who gets off on getting his wretched teeth worked on- it's a masterpiece of a scene with cartoonish action, innuendo and crazy looks from a 23 year old Nicholson. Worth checking out, maybe more than once, and you're likely to find it (appropriately) in the cheapest lot of DVDs and videos at your local store.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A Hilarious Cult Comedy Classic!

Author: Reiss Ferlance from United Kingdom
5 July 2006

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The Little Shop Of Horrors is a brilliant movie, one of the funniest comedies I have ever seen. I bought this movie from HMV (Top dog for DVD's) It was in "The Classic Horror Boxset" Volume 1. It included other movie classics like House On Haunted Hill, Horror Hotel, The Ghoul, and some more. This movie shouldn't even be called a horror movie, I don't know anyone who was scared by this movie, if they were, then don't watch a movie like "The Wasp Woman." The story of this movie is hilarious, and so are the characters. This movie is about a young man named Seymour Krelboyne, who nurtures a plant then discovers it's a talking, man- eating plant, The plant is funny, the lines that the plant says like: "Feed Me Seymour","You look fat enough". The character of Seymour Krelboyne is funny, he tends to say "I didn't mean it" This movie is just generally funny. This movie was supposedly shot in 2 days. How did they make it in 2 days? The acting is this movie is good. The actors really make the movie funny. Mel Welles plays a funny Gravis Mushnik, and Dick Miller makes a great Burson Fouch and the character of the old woman, every day she loses a family member. The funniest scene in the movie (SPOILERS CONTAINED!) is the scene in the dentist. Where Seymour Krelboyne is pulling out a man teeth. The man is played by Jack Nicholson. This was supposedly his first movie. Overall. This movie is brilliant. There was a remake in the 1980. I liked that one, but the original is still the best. I give The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) 5 stars out of 5 stars. *****/*****

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

One of R Corman's finest

Author: manicgecko from United States
16 October 2006

First of all, how often do you get to see Jack Nicholson at bottom billing, and enjoy a movie. Little Shop of Horrors is a classic farce summing up everything Corman has done to this point. The characters are deliciously over-the-top and ingeniously played by the cast. And the movie throws in one-liner after one-liner, keeping you laughing hard enough (intentionally) you don't notice the little things that bother you in other Corman movies. My favorites include "If hit by a truck call your physician." and "it grows like a cold sore on the lip". The chase scene at the end is something to make the Zucker and Abrahams families proud. So lets all grab a bottle of Dr. Phlegm's cough syrup and drink a toast to the one of the great underground movies that Roger Corman got right. I didn't mean to.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Horror comedy with low budget converted a cult movie

Author: ma-cortes
3 May 2006

The picture concerns upon a geeky employee (Jonathan Haze) working in a florist shop called Mushnick (Mel Welles) who brings a carnivorous and ferocious plant developing a bloodthirsty hunger and is forced to murder for human eating .

Horror comedy blending black humor , parody , tongue-in-cheek and horror . The comedy is absurd and cheesy but gets its moments here and there . Incredible cheap but effective visual effects . This is a well known terror-comedy , it's a quickie but was shot for two days and is deemed one of Corman's best and funniest movies ever made although with lack budget . The principal actors and technicians will repeat along with Corman in various films ,in fact, the picture belongs to horror-black comedy sub-genre as ¨A bucket of blood¨ and ¨Creature from the haunted sea¨, both of them written by Charles B. Griffith (who is the voice of ¨Audrie the plant¨ and besides plays the thief) . In the film appears the Corman's ordinary actors as Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Haze and a young newcomer Jack Nicholson in a comic interpretation as a sadomasochistic who receives a especial dental intervention . The picture is remade (1986) as an amused musical comedy by Frank Oz with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis . The flick will appeal to classic and cult movies fans.

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

How to shot a movie in two days!

Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA
21 December 2003

What a movie! It's got (A) an infamous reputation, (B) a cult following, and (C) the pride of knowing it inspired both an off-Broadway musical comedy and a big-budget movie musical.

All this from a Roger Corman movie that was shot in only two days! It's all about a nerdy flower store clerk who boosts business in a skid row store by displaying a talking, meat-eating plant he calls Audrey, Jr. (named after the girl he loves). The owner of the shop is played by Mel Welles, who went on to direct "Lady Frankenstein" in Italy. The screenplay was written by Charles Griffith, who also plays a hold-up man and provides the voice of the carnivorous plant ("Feed me! I'm hungry!") He later had to sue to receive credit when the stage play became a hit.

Young Jack Nicholson is a masochist who visits his dentist for fun. Dick Miller is a customer who buys flowers and eats them. Jonathan Haze stars as the clerk who serves the hungry plant until it's big enough to eat the store (although the box of the prerecorded tape shows the now-famous Nicholson holding the plant).

Despite the film's seventy-minute running time, it's crowded with black-comedy gags; they overlap each like roofing shingles. The first one is a quick spoof of "Dragnet's" typical kick-off narration, after which things get increasingly frantic until the plot finally swallows its own tail and vanishes altogether. Critics initially scoffed at Corman's "two-day movie", but now they refer to it as "one of Corman's best efforts". A computer-colorized version is available if you'd like to see what a carnivorous gilded lily looks like.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A True Corman Classic

Author: CMRKeyboadist from Sleesburg, VA.
3 January 2006

I can't remember which version of this film I saw first the musical or the original. Although, both versions of the film are rather good the original has a true place in cult history. The comedy in the musical is a little more oriented for people of all ages but the original is truly a masterpiece of black comedy. The story starts at Mushnick's flower shop and we are introduced to most of the main characters right away. This is pretty typical of any Corman film from the time. There is Mr. Mushnick who plays a tyrant of a boss, we have Audrey who is a very sweet young lady, then we have the lead of the movie Seymour (who is ultimately a joke). Dick Miller plays the man who is eating flowers in the shop and there are a few other characters who are more on the side. Anyway, Seymour is about to get fired when he tells his boss that he has a plant he might be interested in. His boss sends him to retrieve this plant and of course the plant is dying so Mr. Mushnick tells him he has one week to revive the plant. Of course, later that day Seymour finds that the plant only wants blood to eat. Well, there's the story because you can only imagine what happens afterwords. The end of the movie is still one of the funniest endings ever, I think anyway. Look for a small role by Jack Nickleson as the masochistic dental patient. 8 stars

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Low budget cult classic filmed in only 3 days!

Author: mdm-11 from United States
24 May 2005

This comedy built around a flesh-eating plant has very little storyline, but it sure is packed with laughs! You'll mockingly imitate the human-gulping "Audrie" as she squeals "...feed me, feed me!" A very young (then unknown) Jack Nicholson is marvelous as the wacko dental patient ready for a filling. There are many crazy surprises, but face it, this is and always will be a cult classic, NOT Academy Award material.

One warning: If you have high standards regarding "perfect DVD quality", you should look for a better transfer copy. The VHS version (around since the early 1980s) offers far superior quality, although it also is less than excellent. The best way to view this piece of Hollywood Nostalgia would be to catch it at a college campus -- It'll make you feel like a kid again!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

cheap but very entertaining WARNING!!!!!! SPOILERS!!!!!

Author: callanvass
24 September 2004

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cheap but very entertaining drivel (or what ever it is) is actually pretty well made and directed even though this took only 2 days to shoot!!!!! that is pretty remarkable in my opinion. plus there was a bit of gore tiny bit of blood there was a cut of foot and hand but not much more but this movie isn't really about that. the effects are pretty cheap looking but that just adds to the fun of it and it's supposed to be that anyway.the acting is very campy but amusing and it works!. Jonathan Haze is very funny here giving a great campy performance he cracked me up a lot of the time. i have only seen him in 1 other movie and that was The Terror(awesome flick)he did a great job!. Jackie Joseph is also amusing here with that funny voice of hers she also cracked me up. Mel Welles was my favorite character here he had me on the floor and i want to see more of him after this he did a great job here giving a wonderful campy performance I LOVED him. Dick Miller is great here in his limited time he was also in The Terror he did good here. Myrtle Vail is hilarious here as the mother that is always thinking that she has some sickness she cracked me up too. Jack Nicholson is HILARIOUS i couldn't stop laughing after a few minutes he is so funny as the guy who LOVES pain. Overall a cool film that is well worth seeing *** out of 5

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

If Roger Corman knew what a Cult Classic was in 1960 ...

Author: Kenneth Eagle Spirit from United States
12 January 2007

And was aiming at that as a goal, well, bullseye! Of course the goal was to be done by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow so as to avoid the expense of overtime, but thats beside the point. The point? Just way cool Cult Classic campy fun. You pretty much have to love this movie. Jack Nicholson as dental patient Wilbur Force (Trivia for those of you who read comics ... Does that name ring a bell? If not, hey, maybe you're just a born looser. ), the cost of plant food even in '60, the victims of hunger being planted one by one, and of course Seymore. This thing, in its entirety, is classic. All the way. For a film that had the budget of "Whats under the car seat and the pillows on the couch?" and done in two days of shooting you can't do better.

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

A 10... Sort of...

Author: FilmWiz from Setauket, NY, USA
16 June 2003

Back in 1960, this was a typical B-movie fare. B-movies usually took six months to make, and were often not that good, as it was shown after the main feature.

This was watchable, and it was often very funny in a black comedy was incredible and horrible. NO, not incredibly horrible! This film was film was shot in two days, and knowing this made the film incredible. Roger Corman, the director did a wonderful job.

People claim that the bought this movie for `Jack' but `Jack' wasn't any good. Jack Nicholson had a bit role in this film… A man that enjoys pain. Jack Nicholson stole the show… while Seymour stole his teeth.

The movie, in all due respects was funny, dark and crazy. Although the special effects are horrible, get over it! It was shot in two days! What special effects do you want?

The remake, all in all was not even close. The darkness is gone, and worse of all, they changed the ending… I'm glad the show was more similar

Nerdy and clumsy Seymour Krelboyne (Jonathan Haze) and Audrey Fulguard (Jackie Joseph) works at the Mushnick Floral shop on the dirty and poor Skid Row. Impassionate Gravis Mushnick (Mel Welles) the owner of the shop continues to threaten Seymour that if one more thing goes wrong, and if they lose another dollar because of him, (since they are not getting any) he will be fired. BOOM! He breaks a vase.

It all turns out OK when Seymour makes a deal with Mushnick. He says that he has a newly crossed plant that he would bring to the shop. The store's sole customer pursues Mushnick into believing that the plant would bring in lots of business. Mushnick agrees and Audrey Jr. is brought into the shop.

It gets sicker and sicker, and Seymour hopes that he will find some sort of food it likes before the end of the night. He cuts his finger on a rose thorn and the monster's mouth opens up! He's found something the plant will eat! Blood!… But soon Jr. becomes more demanding, forcing Seymour to murder for the survival of the Audrey Jr.

Recommended to all! A Must-See!

MPAA Rating: Unrated

My Rating: 8 and up for scenes of unrealistic 50's murder and adult theme.

My * Rating: 8.6/10

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