Friday, March 24, 2017

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Director: Roger Coreman

Starring: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles

Run time: 1:12

Rant: A 60s classic and one of Roger Coreman's finest films. Little Shop of Horris is a very over the top comedy/horror film about a bumbling idiot named Seymour Krelboyne. Seymour works at a flower shop and somehow manages to invent a new species of plant by crossbreeding a venus fly trap with a butterwort. I don't know what the fuck a butterwort is but I'm sure it won't turn a venus fly trap into a gigantic bloodthirsty monster. 

Seymour walks around town like a jackass and gets into all kinds of shenanigans. He accidentally launches a rock at a guy's head, who then falls into an oncoming train, then he accidentally stabs and murders his dentist. You'd think he would call the police to explain himself but no, no, no. What does our protagonist do? He reluctantly feeds the corpses to his hungry plant who gets larger and larger with each meal. Eventually his boss at the flower shop, Mr. Gravis Mushnick, finds out about Seymour's dirty little secret and instead of calling the authorities, decides not to because the giant plant is making him a lot of money as an attraction. This movie is filled to the brim with morons and assholes but it's presented in a way where you don't really need to root for anyone. You just enjoy watching the destruction of Seymour's shitty life.

This film is also notable for being one of Jack Nicholson's first roles.  He plays a really creepy masochist who goes to the dentist just to have the inside of his mouth shredded. With no fucking novacane. It's disgusting and hilarious just as Little Shop of Horrors is a disgusting and hilarious awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Coreman made a bet that he could shoot a movie in two days, but the filming ending up being two days and one evening.

             Horror Film: 7.5
             Entertainment: 9
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 7.2

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