Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Taglines: Don’t feed the plants.

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily.

One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood.

Menken and Ashman’s Off-Broadway musical was based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The 1986 film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film also featured special appearances by James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. It was produced by David Geffen through The Geffen Company and released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1986.

Little Shop of Horrors was filmed on the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at the Pinewood Studios in England, where a “downtown” set, complete with overhead train track, was constructed. The film was produced on a budget of $25 million, in contrast to the original 1960 film, which, according to Corman, only cost $30,000.

Little Shop of Horrors Movie Poster (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs, Steve Martin, Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jim Belushi
Screenplay by: Howard Ashman
Production Design by: Roy Walker
Cinematography by: Robert Paynter
Film Editing by: John Jympson
Costume Design by: Marit Allen
Set Decoration by: Tessa Davies
Art Direction by: Steve Spence
Music by: Miles Goodman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sex references.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 19, 1986