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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)



Critic Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

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It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rick Moranis
as Seymour Krelborn
Steve Martin
as Orin Scrivello
Jim Belushi
as Patrick Martin
John Candy
as Wink Wilkinson
Christopher Guest
as 1st Customer
Bill Murray
as Arthur Denton
Stan Jones
as Narrator
Stanley Jones
as Narrator
Bertice Reading
as `Downtown' Old Woman
Vincent Wong
as Chinese Florist
Adeen Fogle
as Radio Station Assistant
Kelly Huntley
as Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Paul Reynolds
as Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Mak Wilson
as Doo Wop Street Singer
Miriam Margolyes
as Dental Nurse
Danny Cunningham
as Doo Wop Street Singer
Abbie Dabner
as Boy Patient
Frank Dux
as 2nd Patient
Danny John-Jules
as Doo Wop Street Singer
Gary Palmer
as Doo Wop Street Singer
Peter Whitman
as Patient on Ceiling
Heather Henson
as Girl Patient
Paul Swaby
as Doo Wop Street Singer
Judith Morse
as Girl's Mother
Doreen Hermitage
as Magazine Lady
Kerry Shale
as Her Assistant
Robert Arden
as Network Executive
Stephen Hoye
as Network Executive
Bob Sessions
as Network Executive
Michael J. Shannon
as Television Reporter
Barbara Rosenblat
as 5th Customer
Kevin Scott
as 4th Customer
Melissa Wiltsie
as 3rd Customer
Mildred Shay
as 2nd Customer
John Scott Martin
as Downtown bum #3
Alan Tilvern
as "Downtown" Bum
Ed Wiley
as "Downtown" Bum
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Critic Reviews for Little Shop of Horrors

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12)

Levi Stubbs's big voice explodes from the insatiable plant, and there's a knockout turn by Steve Martin and Bill Murray as a sadistic dentist and his masochistic patient.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Some of the slower tunes tend to grind but the sort of musical/ retro irony is still amusing in places. Not if you don't like dentists though.

May 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain.

May 25, 2011 | Full Review…

You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you, about as subtly as Audrey II.

August 25, 2008 | Full Review…

A fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen.

August 25, 2008 | Full Review…

This wild and witty musical is great fun.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Shop of Horrors

I like this movie, its just very entertaining, the music numbers are superb and i love the plant 'Feed Me' its just great a silly fun, amusing movie thats entertaining and worth the watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Audrey II: Does this look "inanimate" to you, punk? If I can move and I can talk, who's to say I can't do anything I want?  "A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist." Little Shop of Horrors isn't a horrible musical by any means. It is just an extremely annoying one. I found all the songs to be annoying that weren't sung by the trio of girls who followed the events of the story around. Ellen Greene's voice irritated the shit out of me. She talks in a raspy, soft spoken way that just makes you want to kill yourself. Then when she sings, good Lord when she sings. Rick Moranis's singing tunes are just as bad. He plays his usual character and that character just doesn't translate well to singing. A flower shop in the ghetto isn't doing very well. No one comes in and the owner is looking at shutting the place down. This is when Seymour shows his new plant and puts it in the window to attract new customers. It works and the business begins to thrive and Seymour becomes an overnight success. Soon he figures out that in order for the plant to grow and not die, it needs human blood. For a while, he is able to feed it with drips from his fingers, but eventually the plant grows to big for that to do any good.  My favorite thing about this movie are the cameos. There are great cameos from Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and also from Bill Murray as a pain loving patient of that dentist. Also the songs from the three women who follow the events around are awesome. I wish I could have sold after the initial credits because that was awesome. The movie is just too dull and actually quite boring. Songs can only go so far, there has to be characters and a plot that can support those songs and in Little Shop of Horrors, the characters cannot. I guess it is still worth one watch for Steve Martin' scenes alone. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer


The best parts of this imaginative remake of the strange little Roger Corman film are the hilarious performances of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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