Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1986.  The Geffen Company.  Screenplay by , based on his musical play, adapted from the 1960 film by , screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The tremendously popular Broadway musical, based on the Roger Corman horror film of the same name, reaches the screen with fantastic results.  is heroically geeky as a florist’s assistant who finds a strange plant growing from the ground after a solar eclipse. Naming it Audrey II after the girl of his dreams (), Moranis is rather surprised when the plant turns out to have a meat-eating appetite that won’t be satisfied except by the consumption of human flesh. Meanwhile, the human Audrey finds herself falling in love with this adorable nerd, unaware of that she is the desired feast of the constantly growing plant. Delightful songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and ferociously committed performances, especially by Greene (recreating her Broadway role), make for one of the best musicals of the decade.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Visual Effects; Best Original Song (“Mean Green Mother”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Original Score

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