Little Shop of Horrors

  • PG
  • Frank Oz (1986)
  • US
  • 89 min
Little Shop of Horrors
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Making full use of a multi-million-dollar budget, Frank Oz here brings Howard Ashman's off-Broadway musical to the big screen in a way that Roger Corman (who directed a 1960 version) could only have dreamed of. It's packed with great doo-wop songs, a killer line-up of stars (Steve Martin shines brightest as the sadistic dentist) and clever horticultural special effects that underline, but never swamp, the charming theatricality of the stylised whole. The Four Tops's Levi Stubbs voices the alien Venus People-Trap that causes deliciously nerdy Rick Moranis to hack up victims for plant food and impress his Monroe-inspired lover, Ellen Greene, who reprises her award-winning stage role. This memorably weird musical is in the grand old Hollywood tradition.

Plot Summary

Musical black comedy starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Vincent Gardenia, and featuring Steve Martin. "He's a mean green mother from outer space and he's bad." The arrival of a strange and unusual plant means instant celebrity for a skid-row florist but at a price: for when the creature screams "feed me!" it doesn't want water, it wants blood!

Cast and crew

Cast

Seymour Krelborn
Rick Moranis
Audrey
Ellen Greene
Mushnik
Vincent Gardenia
Orin Scrivello, DDS
Steve Martin
Crystal
Tichina Arnold
Chiffon
Tisha Campbell
Ronette
Michelle Weeks
Patrick Martin
James Belushi
Wink Wilkinson
John Candy
First customer
Christopher Guest
Arthur Denton
Bill Murray
Audrey II
Levi Stubbs

Crew

Director
Frank Oz

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Music
Drama

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