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THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
1960 / Comedy, Horror
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Directed by Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith and Mel Welles
Written by Charles B. Griffith and Roger Corman
Starring Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, Jackie Joseph, Dick Miller, Myrtle Vail, Karyn Kupcinet and Jack Nicholson

A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

The following tags are associated with this movie: creature
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
A somewhat classic movie, The Little Shop of Horrors is a rather black comedic horror film that is probably more enjoyable than it should be, though it's not altogether amazing.

Being a Roger Corman movie, it would shock no one that the film is really campy at times, and the humor is, more often than not, over-the-top. This is evident in multiple scenes, such as the ones starring the dentist, or any scene with Myrtle Vail (also in A Bucket of Blood, from 1959). Hell, even the carnivorous plant is over-the-top, with his constant clamoring to be fed and his silly voice.

Performance-wise, Jonathan Haze does decent as the main character, and Jackie Joseph as his love interest, but there are more interesting and amusing faces here. Mel Welles, who played a foreign florist shop owner, cracked me up with most of his lines (he also appeared in one of Corman's earlier movies, Attack of the Crab Monsters). Also, there are two faces that I just love to see, being a young Dick Miller (following his starring role in the aforementioned A Bucket of Blood, also directed by Corman) and a younger Jack Nicholson (this is his sixth credit, and fourth movie). Also, if you're into the JFK assassination, the name Karyn Kupcinet may mean something to you, and she appeared in this movie also as an annoying teenager.

If you can stand a goofy plot, The Little Shop of Horrors may be worth looking into. There's not really any gore of note (this isn't H.G. Lewis), but there are some body parts being fed to a carnivorous plant, so occasionally the film comes across as more graphic than you might expect for the age. I don't find The Little Shop of Horrors an amazing movie, but I've seen it quite a handful of times, and have been consistently entertained.
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