Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Director: Roger Corman Cast: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles

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Overview

Perhaps the greatest movie ever shot in two days, Little Shop of Horrors was originally conceived as a followup to Roger Corman's black comedy A Bucket of Blood (1959). Jonathan Haze plays Seymour Krelboin, a schlemiel's schlemiel who works at the Skid Row flower shop of Mr. Mushnick (Mel Welles). Experimenting in his spare time, Seymour develops a new plant species that he hopes will lead him to fame and fortune. Unfortunately, the mutated plant -- named Audrey Junior, in honor of Seymour's girlfriend Audrey (Jackie Joseph) -- subsists on blood and human flesh. It also talks, or rather, commands: "Feed Me! FEEEEED ME!" Before long, the luckless Seymour has fed his plant the bodies of a railroad detective, a sadistic dentist, and a flashy trollop. Meanwhile, Mr. Mushnik, who has stumbled onto Seymour's secret, has inadvertently offered up a burglar (played by Charles Griffith, who also wrote the script and supplied the plant's voice) as a midnight snack for the voracious, ever-growing Audrey Junior. (When the plant blooms, the faces of its various victims are reproduced in its flowers.) Ignored on its initial release, Little Shop of Horrors began building up a cult following via repeated TV exposure in the 1960s. By the mid-1970s, it had attained classic status, spawning a big-budget Broadway musical (and followup feature film) in the 1980s and a Saturday morning cartoon series in the 1990s. Enhancing the original Little Shop's reputation was the brief appearance by star-in-the-making Jack Nicholson as a masochistic dental patient (Nicholson is often incorrectly referred to as the star of the film, though in fact he barely receives billing). Much as we love Nicholson, our vote for the most memorable Little Shop cast member goes to the ubiquitous Dick Miller ("No thanks, I'll eat it here").

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
UPC: 0096009000295
Original Release: 1960
Rating: PG
Source: Echo Bridge
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:13:00
Sales rank: 30,780

Special Features

Jack Nicholson biography; Trivia quiz

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Haze Seymour Krelboin
Jackie Joseph Audrey
Mel Welles Gravis Mushnik
Dick Miller Fouch
Myrtle Vail Winifred Krelboin
Laiola Wendorff Mrs. Shiva
Jack Nicholson Wilbur Force
Marie Windsor Actor
Ernst R. von Theumer Gravis Mushnick
Toby Michaels Actor
Wally Campo Actor

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
Richie Chechilo Executive Producer
Arch R. Dalzell Cinematographer
Charles B. Griffith Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Fred Katz Score Composer
David G. Martin Executive Producer
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Marshall Neilan Editor
Susan Olney Executive Producer
Barry Sandrew Executive Producer
Harry Thomas Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Baby Plant [8:32]
2. Blood Thirst [6:07]
3. Feeding [6:38]
4. Explanation [6:34]
5. The Dentist [10:13]
6. Invitation [6:02]
7. Bliss [6:21]
8. Kiss [7:02]
9. Supper [4:50]
10. Flee [4:07]

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