Little Shop of Horrors (1986) is an American rock musical horror comedy that was an adaptation composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman off-Broadway musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. The comedy was about a nerdy florist that raised a vicious plant that only feeds on human blood. The musical was based on director Roger Corman low-budget film, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). Director Frank Oz (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)) excelled at this 1980’s movie which was enjoyed by me today.
Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis - Ghostbusters (1984), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Spaceballs (1987), Strange Brew (1983)) and Audrey are seen working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in September 1963. Audrey (Ellen Greene - Léon: The Professional (1994), Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Talk Radio (1988)) and Seymour despise living in a rundown apartment in a struggling neighborhood. Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia - Moonstruck (1987), Death Wish (1974), The Hustler (1961)) is the owner of the store and is not gaining much business, so he decides to close the store. Audrey does not want to lose her paycheck and quickly suggest to Mushnik to display Seymour’s plant that he owns. Seymour calls his plant, "Audrey II" which was bought during a solar eclipse from a Chinese flower shop. Audrey’s idea of displaying the plant works as more customers are stopping by the flower shop. Seymour accidently discovers what the dying plant needs to survive, and that is human blood.
Seymour becomes famous locally while Audrey II is growing marvelously, and things soon got out of hand as Audrey II demands more blood than Seymour can give. Audrey’s boyfriend is violent and abusive towards her. Seymour wants to date Audrey and Audrey dreams of being with him one day although she is in a relationship that is not healthy. After a few events where one person accidently died because someone else did not help, Mushnik runs away in fear after witnessing the dismemberment of a human being. After a few more events, Seymour and Audrey are seen displaying/admitting their feelings for each other. The movie soon entails one kill after another and a thrilling twist as to what the flesh eating plant is really is.
I enjoyed the movie for what it is and wished there were more movies like this with great acting and directing skills. Overall, I would recommend this movie to anyone that has plants, joke but it is a great movie for fans of all types. The screenplay did not have plot holes from what I saw and the movie was almost flawless with minor goofs. The special effects could have been better, but the movie was made in the 1980’s where they did not have what we have today but then again, less can be more. The music and sound were done nicely, and so was the makeup. Watch the movie, you will not be disappointed, most likely.
About Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Starring: Kerry Shale, Bob Sessions, Bill Murray, Michael Shannon, Danny John-Jules, Bob Sherman, Sergio Kato, Rick Moranis, Mildred Shay, John Candy, Peter Whitman, Alan Tilvern, Kevin Scott, Christopher Guest, Vincent Wong, Frank Dux, Robert Arden, Stephen Hoye, Barbara Rosenblat, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Miriam Margolyes, Ed Wiley, John Scott Martin, Mak Wilson, Danny Cunningham, Gary Palmer, Paul Swaby, Melissa Wiltsie, James Belushi, Adeen Fogle
Director: Frank Oz
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