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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Not Rated | | 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.

Directors:

Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ... Seymour Krelborn
Jackie Joseph ... Audrey Fulquard
Mel Welles ... Gravis Mushnick
Dick Miller ... Fouch
Myrtle Vail Myrtle Vail ... Winifred Krelborn
Karyn Kupcinet ... Shirley (as Tammy Windsor)
Toby Michaels ... Shirley's Friend
Leola Wendorff ... Mrs. Shiva
Lynn Storey Lynn Storey ... Mrs. Hortense Feuchtwanger
Wally Campo Wally Campo ... Sgt. Joe Fink / Narrator
Jack Warford Jack Warford ... Detective Frank Stoolie
Meri Welles Meri Welles ... Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner John Herman Shaner ... Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
Jack Nicholson ... Wilbur Force
Dodie Drake Dodie Drake ... Waitress
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Storyline

When the clumsy Seymour Krelboyne spoils two flowers of a client, the owner of a small florist shop Gravis Mushnick 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 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,400,000, 31 December 1960
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film is legendary for having been shot in only two days, Jonathan Haze recalled in "The Little Shop of Horrors Book" that he was called back several weeks later for re-shoots. See more »

Goofs

When Seymour is talking with the prostitute, her scarf moves from one shoulder to the other in alternate shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Joe Fink: [voiceover over a panning shot of a drawing of a sleazy neighbourhood] My name is Sergeant Joe Fink, working the 24-hour shift out of homicide. And this is my workshop. The part of town that everybody knows about, but that nobody wants to see - where the tragedies are deeper, the ecstasy's wilder and the crime rate consistently higher than anywhere else. Skid Row... my beat.
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Alternate Versions

The film's ending credits is absent from some prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gravity Falls: Little Gift Shop of Horrors (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish ballad
Words by Robert Burns
Sung off-screen and a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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Plant food!
17 March 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this on a weekly television show called Chiller, when I was in high school. It was one of those local celebrity things, with an emcee presiding over whatever horror movies were in the library of that particular station. I realized quickly, what an offbeat flick this was. It was utterly hilarious with its moments of masochism, the man eating plant, Audrey one and two, and all the other things that Seymour must deal with just to keep going. The plant controls him and it is a hilarious plant. The black and white neutral staging of the plant is so much better than the flashiness of the musical (though I do like some of those songs). The smallness of this film is what helps make it work. Everyone is a caricature. Jack Nicholson's proudest moment. No wonder he is such a wack, spending all that time in his formative years with Roger Corman. The acting works because it is a period piece. No matter how much we try to reproduce the fifties, it always falls short of just seeing the fifties. It's like Dragnet without the strange suits and the slang of the time. It's just more honest because they weren't trying to reproduce it. I haven't watched this in some time, so I think I'll leave my computer and sit down and watch it again.


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