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.
|Release Date||:||December 19, 1986|
|Genres||:||Horror, Comedy, Music|
|Production Company||:||The Geffen Company, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Howard Ashman, Howard Ashman|
|Casts||:||Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Candy, Bill Murray, Tichina Arnold, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Belushi, Christopher Guest, Danny John-Jules, Mak Wilson, Barbara Rosenblat, Kevin Scott, Vincent Wong, Levi Stubbs|
|Plot Keywords||:||flower, solar eclipse, florist, assistant, plant, success, aggression by plant, investigation, nerd, blonde, carnivorous plant, remake, crush, based on play or musical, motorcycle, eclipse, part animated, dentist, bum, killer plant, skid row, based on movie, plant food, flesh eating plant, inept assistant, cult classic, man eating plant|
I am usually not a big fan of musicals turned into film (except in the case of films like "Fame" or Busby Berkeley films), but "Little Shop of Horrors" surprised me. I rushed right out and bought the soundtrack! The music is excellent, very tongue-in-cheek, great lyrics, music reminiscent of the 50s (the female chorus members are named after girl groups: Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon), and just fun to listen to.
The ensemble cast is one of the best in recent history. Everybody in the film acts in a role tailor-made for them! Rick Moranis as a geek, Ellen Greene as a bubbly blonde, Steve Martin as a cool biker dentist, Bill Murray as a giggling masochist, Vincent Gardenia as a slob flower shop owner, etc.
Fans of the original Corman film will be deeply disappointed. Gone is all and any dark humor from that film. I deeply miss the scene where Seymour considers getting a hooker to feed to Audrey II (Seymour: "You're too bony?" Hooker: "Bony? [exposes torso] What do you think this is? Chopped liver?")! But all that is missing is replaced by fun musical numbers, sleazy sets, and a much better Audrey II plant. The musical version ended with Audrey being eaten and Seymour sacrificing himself to the plant, but the movie's ending is made to be happier...sort of...
Recommended for everyone, even those who aren't fans of musicals!