Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) *** 1/2 Sure, it’s 40 years old. Sure, it was infamous as the film shot in two days (and it shows!). But there’s a lot to be said for this short film with small production values. The audio quality on the tape I viewed was not very good, but the quality of the script sure was! Before the Broadway musical and subsequent movie, this classic penned by Charles B. Griffith was positioned not as a light musical romp but as a dark horror/comedy. What do you have? Well you have a tiny plant that apparently grows stronger when fed human blood; so, in order to keep the plant (and his job and his love life) intact, lovable nebbish Seymour goes out and kills….and kills. Throw in a sadistic dentist and a masochistic patient (played to the hilt by a very young Jack Nicholson, in his Corman days), and you have yourself a black comedy. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s not something you bring a date to see, but it’s pure cinema.


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