Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

1986, PG-13, 88 min. Directed by Frank Oz. Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, Levi Stubbs.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Wed., May 2, 2001

This 1986 musical has aged about as well as any film about a singing house plant with an appetite for flesh could. Based on the hit off-Broadway musical, which was itself inspired by the 1960s Roger Corman low-rent pic of the same name, Little Shop of Horrors is good, campy fun. Moranis is typecast as geeky Seymour, caretaker to the bloodthirsty plant, and Greene plays his love interest, Audrey, in a love-it-or-loathe-it performance marked by a screeching, squeaking voice. A handful of the songs are catchy enough to still stick all these years later; especially memorable is Steve Martin's shining number as a leather-clad, laughing-gas-happy dentist bent on causing as much pain as possible.

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