The Saturday Public Domain Movie: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

"Shut up and bring on the food!" - Audrey Jr.
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The SPDM returns with the second, and most famous, film by producer/director Roger Corman and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith.

The Little Shop of Horrors finds nebbish Seymour Krelboyne (Jonathan Haze) working in the flower shop of Gravis Mushnick (Mel Welles). Seymour creates a new plant by crossbreeding a butterwort and a Venus Flytrap, which he names "Audrey Jr." after co-worker Audrey Fulquard (Jackie Joseph), who he has a crush on.

One night, Seymour discovers Audrey Jr. likes human blood and it helps the plant grow. The larger Audrey Jr. gets the more popular it becomes, which benefits the store, resulting in Seymour having to deal with Audrey Jr.'s increasing appetite.

The Little Shop of Horrors is a humorous black comedy, notable for being shot over the course of the weekend and an early appearance of Jack Nicholson as Wilbur Force, a masochistic dentist's patient.  It would be adapted into a stage musical in 1982, which itself was adapted into a Frank Oz-directed film in 1986.

 

 

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