For March 18th- Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

For those of you not familiar with the story of Little Shop, I would highly suggest watching either this movie or finding a version of the musical version to watch.  I am certainly a fan so, when I found the original film iteration of this classic story, I decided to give it a watch.

If you are one of the more committed fans of The Producers, and have seen both the musical version, as well as the original film it is based on, then you would know what I mean when I say that Little Shop is no different.  You can, at points, see the seams where the songs were inserted into the new musical, which makes for an interesting effect.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

An interesting story, to be sure.  Based on the 1932 story “Green Thoughts”, this dark comedy follows the sad, but funny,  tale of Seymour Krelboyne.  There is good B-movie direction available in Roger Corman, as he takes the audience through this farcical morality story.

Acting: 1.5/2

The movie is very heavily billed with Jack Nicholson.  His appearance, though funny, is brief.  The main leads support the story well, and it is nice to see that the original Mr. Mushnick (Mel Welles) was actually played as someone of Russian origin.

Photography/Set: 1/2

The sets are a little stale.  I actually found in my research that the sets were left over from a previous movie, so the feeling that they are second-hand was correct.  Pretty good photography with plenty of visual tricks used to supplement.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The puppeteering is very good for a lower-budget horror film.  I was surprised that the quality was as good it appeared.  SPOILERS: It would have been nice to see the plant actually talk, but I understand the budget and technology restraints that were in place.

Misc: 1/2

A shining example of dark, B-movie comedy.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

A must watch for any fans of the musical that it spawned.  Also good for B-movie nerds.  If you’re a Nicholson fan, you’d be better off watching the individual scene on YouTube.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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