A Passion For Horror
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Produced and Directed by Roger Corman
The Little Shop of Horrors is a black comedy and has become somewhat of a cult classic. The film was directed by Roger Corman and also boasts a young Jack Nicholson, in a small part, as a dental patient who has a masochistic love of pain (ouch!)
Ultimately, The Little Shop of Horrors is the tale of one man and his plant. The man, Seymour Krelboyne, is harmless enough. It is just a pity the same can't be said of his plant. Seymour works in a florist shop on skid row that is owned by the rather brusque Gravis Mushnik. The only other member of the shops staff is a young woman called Audrey Fulquard. She is a reasonably attractive girl and Seymour is more than a little enamoured with her.
The florist shop is struggling and business is scarce, but it does have its regular customers though. There is for instance, an old woman that seems to keep burying relatives and offers repeat business to the shop. Stranger still; there is a guy who comes in at lunchtime to munch on few carnations. I don't know how nutritious that would be, but I suppose his breath would always smell sweet.
Seymour is a very clumsy guy and can never seem to get anything right; although it is not for the want of trying. He is very eager to please, but not so good at the pleasing part. In fact, after one mishap too many Mushnik fires him. Seymour pleads for his job back and tells Mushnik that he is working on a special plant especially for him. It is, so Seymour claims, a plant the likes of which he will never have seen before. In the end Mushnik agrees that, if he likes the plant, he will keep Seymour on.
Seymour rushes home and returns with the plant, which is quite small and unusual looking. He calls the plant Audrey, after his colleague and manages to not only keep his job for a while longer, but to impress Audrey too.
Unfortunately for Seymour, the
exactly thriving and if it dies so will his career prospects. After
accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour splashes some blood on the
plant and, hey presto, it perks right up, so he keeps on feeding it.
There is only so much blood that the bungling florist can spare though,
and when the plant starts demanding: "FEED ME!" Seymour must
find an alternative food source.
Haze ... Seymour Krelboin
Miller ... Burson Fouch
Lynn Storey ... Mrs. Hortense Feuchtwanger (the lady from the Society of Silent Flower Observers of Southern California)
John Herman Shaner ... Dr. Phoebus Farb
Nicholson ... Wilbur Force
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