The Little Shop of Horrors Reviews
Seymour works for a struggling flower shop owner and his beautiful daughter. Seymour and the daughter are in love, of sorts, while Seymour nurtures a unique plant to life that has a presence that sparks success in the flower shop. The unfortunate news is the new good luck plant requires more and more blood to survive.
"You may have been a crummy dentist but you were a nice fella."
Roger Corman, director of House of Usher, The Terror, The Raven, Last Woman on Earth, Bloody Mama, The Wild Angels, and The Secret Invasion, delivers Little Shop of Horrors. The storyline for this picture is epic, funny, and marvelously entertaining. I loved the script and the way the characters were presented. The acting was excellent and the cast includes Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, and Dick Miller.
"Master would like more fat."
This was airing on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this Halloween season and I had to DVR it. This is an all time classic and maybe my favorite Corman picture. This was a masterpiece that is worth watching on an annual basis.
"Oh goody, goody here he comes."
And you can clearly tell that the film is a Roger Corman piece. I mean, the camera quality is very rough and doesn't capture the best qualities of the actors' faces, just as the quality of the sound doesn't greatly capture what the actors are all saying. It is easily difficult to translate what is happening, but considering that the film is a Roger Corman piece, that is predictable.
The Little Shop of Horrors is one of Roger Corman's most landmark pieces simply because it later turned into a musical and then a famous Rick Moranis remake. The amount of success a film like this has would be usually unprecedented, but it got lucky somehow. Perhaps it is the odd blend of horror and comedy.
The Little Shop of Horrors is one of the earliest examples of a horror comedy film, which is actually fairly interesting. I mean, Roger Corman's low budget film style is what makes a horror film like this iconic, and the fact that it is so ridiculous and low budget combined with such ridiculous acting actually manages to make it entertaining.
The rough visual quality of the camera manages to distort the cheap set design and props which therefore makes it a slightly more convincing film, and the way it tells its ridiculous story is so iconic of Roger Corman's B-movie style that it is gleefully entertaining.
The Little Shop of Horrors is simply an influential guilty pleasure and is one of the better examples of extremely low budget filmmaking that Roger Corman could produce simply due to its ridiculously farcical comedy elements. It was very surprising how much I enjoyed The Little Shop of Horrors, but thanks to Roger Corman and a hilarious cast, it was thoroughly successful. The ridiculous farcical acting of the B-movie style in The Little Shop of Horrors is actually perfect and just adds to the silly fun of the film.
Jonathan Faze's lead performance in The Little Shop of Horrors is hilarious. He is clearly an inexperienced actor and his skill at portraying a neurotic character comes from the fact that his attempts to really try are very awkward which actually makes him perfect for the role. He captures the awkward demeanour of Seymour Krelboyne with simple ease without ever failing due to his flawless ability to stay in the B-movie roots of the film without problem, and it is fun to watch him go at it as the lead in The Little Shop of Horrors.
Jackie Joseph supplies an ditzy sort of female character to The Little Shop of Horrors who has a childish female demeanour in how she speaks which makes the comedic aspects of the film more effective. Her attractive qualities and natural talent at playing a senseless female character is something she achieves with ease, and it reminds us of the ditzy female archetype which was popular back in the 50's and 60's. She captures the role with ease, and you can see that Roger Corman finds appeal in showing her a shirt that has her nipples poking through.
Myrtle Vail also does a fairly decent job of bringing the laughs on in The Little Shop of Horrors.
Charles B. Griffith's voice work as Audrey Junior was fairly hilarious as well because if how senselessly ridiculous it was and the constant deep and gritty sound of his voice made him ideal for the part.
One of the most commonly boasted things about The Little Shops of Horrors on its advertisinbe is the fact that it gave a small part to the actor later considered the greatest actor of his generation, Jack Nicholson who would score the most Academy Award nominations for acting that any man would ever receive. So the simple fact that Roger Corman managed to notice him before his career boost is actually pretty hilarious. His brief appearance as Wilbur Force is hilarious because of his goofy attitude and the fact that it is Jack Nicholson in a cheap Roger Corman B-movie before his international success as a three time Academy Award winning Actor. Jack Nicholson is hilarious for his brief performance in The Little Shop of Horrors, and too look back at where he started in the film is just hilarious.
So in the end, The Little Shop of Horrors is an influential B-movie classic which had a low budget and a lot of ways of showing it but the maximum skill that Roger Corman can do within a timeframe of two days which is very impressive considering just how funny The Little Shop of Horrors proves to be.