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Little Shop of Horrors


Roger Davidson

Little Shop of Horrors
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A movie that is a real treat, stars Rick Moranis in this film version of the off-Broadway musical, which is in turn based on the 1960 low-budget classic by schlock-meister Roger Corman. Moranis stars as Seymour, a nebbish who is growing a very "strange and interesting" plant, Audrey II (voiced by The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs). As the plant grows to monstrous proportions, its appetite for meat grows to dangerous lengths. In the meantime, Moranis is attempting to impress the squeaky-voiced clerk Audrey (Ellen Greene), who's going out with a macho, sadist dentist (Steve Martin).

A hilarious film, with great songs by acclaimed songwriting team Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, offbeat performances by Moranis, Greene, Martin and Bill Murray (who's a riot in a role originated by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 film version), some delicious black humor and ingenious special effects that bring Audrey II to life. Stubbs lovely baritone voice, used in such songs as "Feed Me" and "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space", is a welcome addition to an amazing creature such as Audrey II. A couple of complaints however. Some of the special effects tend to overshadow the scenes that are good without such effects. Also, the film tends to get a little out of control near the end. Still, this is one of those films that remains an exciting experience, no matter how many times you see it.

My Rating = Three Stars

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