Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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Critic Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.


Movie Info

It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- … More

Rating: PG-13 (N/A)
Genre: Horror, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Ashman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2000
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Seymour Krelborn

as Audrey

as Orin Scrivello

as Audrey

as Crystal

as Patrick Martin

as Wink Wilkinson

as 1st Customer

as Arthur Denton

as Narrator

as Narrator

as `Downtown' Old Woman

as Chinese Florist

as Radio Station Assist...

as Audrey & Seymour's K...

as Audrey & Seymour's K...

as Dental Nurse

as Doo Wop Street Singe...

as Doo Wop Street Singe...

as Boy Patient

as Doo Wop Street Singe...

as 2nd Patient

as Doo Wop Street Singe...

as Patient on Ceiling

as Girl Patient

as Doo Wop Street Singe...

as Girl's Mother

as Magazine Lady

as Her Assistant

as Network Executive

as Network Executive

as Network Executive

as Television Reporter

as "Downtown" Bum

as "Downtown" Bum

as "Downtown" Bum

as 2nd Customer

as 3rd Customer

as 4th Customer

as 5th Customer
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Critic Reviews for Little Shop of Horrors

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (9)

The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you, about as subtly as Audrey II.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

This wild and witty musical is great fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A full-blown movie musical, and quite a winning one.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A pulp pop twist on the original Roger Corman horror comedy that's funny, fun, catchy, and well worth its reputation.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Little Shop of Horrors

I like this movie, its just very entertaining, the music numbers are superb and i love the plant 'Feed Me' its just great a silly fun, amusing movie thats entertaining and worth the watch!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Audrey II: Does this look "inanimate" to you, punk? If I can move and I can talk, who's to say I can't do anything I want? 

"A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist."

Little Shop of Horrors isn't a horrible musical by any means. It is just an extremely annoying one. I found all the songs to be annoying that weren't sung by the trio of girls who followed the events of the story around. Ellen Greene's voice irritated the shit out of me. She talks in a raspy, soft spoken way that just makes you want to kill yourself. Then when she sings, good Lord when she sings. Rick Moranis's singing tunes are just as bad. He plays his usual character and that character just doesn't translate well to singing.

A flower shop in the ghetto isn't doing very well. No one comes in and the owner is looking at shutting the place down. This is when Seymour shows his new plant and puts it in the window to attract new customers. It works and the business begins to thrive and Seymour becomes an overnight success. Soon he figures out that in order for the plant to grow and not die, it needs human blood. For a while, he is able to feed it with drips from his fingers, but eventually the plant grows to big for that to do any good. 

My favorite thing about this movie are the cameos. There are great cameos from Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and also from Bill Murray as a pain loving patient of that dentist. Also the songs from the three women who follow the events around are awesome. I wish I could have sold after the initial credits because that was awesome.

The movie is just too dull and actually quite boring. Songs can only go so far, there has to be characters and a plot that can support those songs and in Little Shop of Horrors, the characters cannot. I guess it is still worth one watch for Steve Martin' scenes alone. 

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

The best parts of this imaginative remake of the strange little Roger Corman film are the hilarious performances of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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