Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Little Shop of Horrors


The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  At what point does ambition become an insatiable monster?  Poor Seymour Krelboyne—his carnivorous hybrid becomes his ticket to fame and ultimately his undoing.   Much like a teenager, the plant Audrey Junior comes alive at night demanding food.  Seymour accidently discovers his plant’s desire for human blood and through a series unfortunate events provides victims for Audrey Jr.  Seymour’s boss is horrified at the plant’s diet, but is reluctant to relinquish the steady stream of customers drawn to his flower shop by the monster plant.
The 1960 film is populated with quirky characters and incorporates elements of black comedy and farce.   It features an early glimpse of young Jack Nicholson’s killer smile in a cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.  The film gained cult status as a double feature and later became an off-Broadway musical  which became the basis for the 1986 remake.  Even with its unique style of humor, the 1960 film is not light-hearted romp and is much darker than the 1986 musical version.
Fast facts:
Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith also provided the voice of Audrey Junior as well portraying some of the minor roles including a flower shop burglar.
Most of the photography for the film was shot in two days and one night.

6 comments:

  1. Why don't they make movies like this anymore? Great post!

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  2. There has been talk of a remake, but we'll see what happens. Personally, I think the cast of the Big Bang Theory would be perfect! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Lisa,
    With the cooler weather it is a great time to catch up on the classics. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Sorry I'm late! I took the weekend off from the computer (hard to believe, I know). I loved this movie! I liked the original better than the later musical version, but we got some great tunes out of that. "Suddenly Seymour" is running in my head right now! :-)

    I had no idea they filmed the 1960 version that quickly! OMG, I was already 11 years old when that movie came out. *sigh* LOL We're both classics!

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  5. Regina,
    It is amazing what directors accomplished at that time with short filming schedules and even more limited budgets. I still can't believe The Wolfman is only 1 hour & 9 minutes in length. Thanks for stopping by!

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