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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A Hilarious Cult Comedy Classic!

Author: Reiss Ferlance from United Kingdom
5 July 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Campy classic

Author: johno-21 from United States
12 March 2006

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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7 out of 8 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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Cheesy and Cult Low-Budget Black Comedy

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 October 2016

When the clumsy Seymour Krelboyne (Jonathan Haze) spoils two flowers of a client, the owner of a small florist shop Gravis Mushnick (Mel Welles) is ready to fire him. However Seymour tells that he has mixed two plants of different breeds at home and created a hybrid named Audrey Jr. and Mushnick decides to give another chance to his employee. On the next day, Seymour brings Audrey Jr. that becomes the pride and joy of Mushnick, his other employee Audrey Fulquard (Jackie Joseph) and clients. Out of the blue, the flower seems to be dying and Seymour accidentally learns that she likes blood. One day, Seymour is upset since he does not know how to feed the flower and he walks along a railroad. When he throws a stone near a railroad track, he accidentally hits the head of a man that falls on the track and is a train runs over him. Seymour brings the pieces of the man to the shop and finds that the plant likes flesh. On the next morning, Audrey Jr. has grown and become the attraction of the shop. But how will Seymour feed his plant again?

"The Little Shop of Horrors" is a cheesy and cult low-budget black comedy directed by Roger Corman. The plot is silly and this film is the debut of Jack Nicholson with a small role. The characters are weird; there are just a few locations; but this film is still funny fifty six years later. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Pequena Loja dos Horrores" ("The Little Shop of Horrors")

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5 out of 5 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 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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A masterpiece of farce, slapstick and backfire humor

Author: johnjredington from Ireland
13 November 2005

This is possibly the nearest that American cinema has come to producing a classic French farce based on outlandishly unbelievable characters, story and situations. However, what makes it special is the incorporation of staccato New York Jewish humor into the exchanges between the principal players - something like the way the Marx Brothers' ad-libs transformed their early scripts into masterpieces. It is also a beautifully tight production with hardly a single sentence or shot flagging from the breakneck pace and outlandish humor.

The entire film is said to have been shot in just three days and, from the way it turned out, it looks as if Roger Corman just turned on the cameras and let the cast insult the bejasus out of each other.

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8 out of 12 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

All You Need Is Lunch

Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles
28 July 2008

Inept Skid Row florist shop clerk Jonathan Haze (as Seymour Krelboin) is, after hours, an amateur botanist. In a coffee can, Mr. Haze crosses his Venus Fly Trap with another plant, and creates a cannibalistic monster. He names the hybrid plant "Audrey Junior" in honor of ditzy co-worker Jackie Joseph (as Audry Fulquard). Haze is in love with Ms. Joseph. At "Mushnik's (sic) Florist" shop, the potted Audrey Junior draws in paying customers, which pleases nervous shop owner Mel Welles (as Gravis Mushnik). But, Haze finds it difficult to satisfy Audrey Junior's increasingly insatiable appetite for human flesh...

Writer Charles Griffith's "Little Shop" is a wickedly funny comedy classic.

Roger Corman's direction is dead-on. Certainly, this is the Corman-Griffith partnership at its peak, collectively and, perhaps, individually. The low budget style employed (necessarily) herein has been imitated (necessarily), but unsuccessfully. The film is fresh, and full of wit; and, it is performed exceptionally well. Griffith's own characterizations reveal a promising comic actor (he plays "Audrey Junior", the burglar, and others). The supporting characters are, also, a riot. Especially hilarious are masochistic Jack Nicholson (as Wilbur Force) and hypochondriac Myrtle Vail (as Winifred Krelboin). Flower-eating Dick Miller (as Burson Fouch) provides contrast. "FEED ME!"

********* The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Roger Corman ~ Jonathan Haze, Charles Griffith, Jack Nicholson, Mel Welles

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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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