The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Review: Roger Corman Wins a Bet

“The flowers that kill in the Spring, TRA-LA!”

Synopsis: A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it’s carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

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Calamity Brains:

I was fairly young the first time I saw Little Shop of Horrors, and at the time I was mostly disappointed that it didn’t involve singing. Watching it again as an adult (and armed with a little more background knowledge about the film), I found it surprisingly entertaining.

As is standard with Roger Corman films, the quality of both the cinematography and special effects leaves a lot to be desired. But everyone in Little Shop is so delightfully over-the-top campy that it’s hard to resist the movie’s charms. There’s lots of ridiculous dialogue; Seymour may as well be Radar from M*A*S*H; a young Jack Nicholson makes a brief appearance; the random music and voice overs hardly have anything to do with the movie. Little Shop was thrown together pretty quickly, and it shows – but the end result is still awfully fun.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.