The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1960
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature, Comedy
  • Cast and crew: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Myrtle Vail, Karyn Kupcinet, Toby Michaels, Leola Wendorff, Lynn Storey, Wally Campo, Jack Warford, Meri Welles, John Herman Shaner, Jack Nicholson, Dodie Drake
  • Director:  Charles B. Griffith, Mel Welles, Roger Corman
  • Screenwriter:  Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Rating:

  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • Simina = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.2 / 10;

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Synopsis:

One day, a young simple-minded man brings a strange plant to the flower shop where he works. Quickly, the plant grows, as does the notoriety of both the botanist and the shop.

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Review:

The Little Shop of Horror is one of the earliest horror/comedy, but really more a comedy than anything horror. The movie does not innovate by its scenario, for the concept of a gigantic plant-eating flesh is pretty basic. The plant, however, is really funny-looking and its bizarre way of talking makes it really laughable. The real fun of the movie is really in its bunch of bizarre characters. To name only a few, we have the sadistic dentist-patient brilliantly played by Jack Nicholson, the crazy old woman who has a death in her family each day, the stupid detective, a guy who eats plants. I think my favorite must be the hypochondriac grandma.

As I said, the scenario is the weakness of the movie. The story can be summarized in two lines, and the rest is just an accumulation of nonsense. The character reactions are mostly incomprehensible, but all this makes the charm of this movie I guess.

I was pretty surprised to see that the movie is considered as one of the old classics of horror. The horror is really just in the name and what it really is nothing more than a fantastic comedy. Still, most should have a great time watching it.


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