Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? Written by
On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...
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"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with James Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »
Well, it's definitely mean. And I guess green as well.
A nerdy shop assistant and a wannabe botanical mad scientist Seymour (Rick Moranis) discovers an abandoned plant, which he nurses back to health, in the process turning the fortunes of his boss' flower shop and earning the admiration of his fellow assistant Audrey (Ellen Greene). The only problem being the actual nursing, for the carnivorous plant requires his blood to thrive.
Little Shop of Horrors is a love letter to the early B-films. Every single character is a stereotype of a stereotype, from the nerdy protagonist to the extreme doormat of a love interest suffering in a bad relationship, from which only her one true love could possible safe her, to the bullying jock villain to the greedy boss. The story line is also pretty much textbook and very clichéd, though in a somewhat unexpected way. You've definitely seen all the elements before, but the film can still surprise you with the way it mixes those elements together. It's definitely not a perfect blend, because the middle part of the film drags quite a bit and the characters are such cardboard cutouts that you don't really identify with them, making the drama part of the film fail miserably.
But the humour works. The plant is a lot of fun, with its deep, booming voice and impossible demands. The jock bully has probably the best twist surprise in the whole film, plus the best song, and the love interest is so whimpering and so under the thumb that it turns from annoying to kind of funny more than once. And the original ending, which was restored in 2012 by the studio, is so over the top that you cannot help but laugh because of its dark humour.
The music is also pretty good, heavily utilizing these three background singer girls, who're always switching roles to fit into the situation. Though I do have to admit that very few of the songs are all that memorable. Both the villain songs are amazing, and you'll be humming them for weeks, and the opening number does set the mood very well, but all the others I have no recollection of, and it hasn't been that long.
All in all, the movie is something of a mixed package. It has some truly great moments and an excellent initial idea, but it flows something haltingly and the two main characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. Still, definitely worth a watch if camp is your thing.
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