Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1986. The Geffen Company. Screenplay by Howard Ashman, based on his musical play, adapted from the 1960 film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by David Geffen. Music by Miles Goodman. Production Design by Roy Walker. Costume Design by Marit Allen. Film Editing by John Jympson.
The tremendously popular Broadway musical, based on the Roger Corman horror film of the same name, reaches the screen with fantastic results. Rick Moranis 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 (Ellen Greene), 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