The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

USA,
72m
16mm film, 35mm film blow-up, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman.

Plot Summary

Seymour Kreilboind works as a downtrodden clerk in a florists. In his spare time, he breeds a carnivorous plant that develops a personality of its own. Named Audrey Jr after a girl that Seymour is in love with, the plant constantly demands food – and Seymour must kill to provide the human that Audrey Jr needs to survive.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Roger Corman
© [not given on screen]
Allied Artists Television Corp *, Filmgroup *, Santa Clara Productions *
Produced by: Roger Corman
Screenplay by [in opening credits] Screenplay [in end credits]: Charles B. Griffith
Photographer [in opening credits] Cameraman [in end credits]: Archie Dalzell
Film Editor: Marshall Neilan Jr
Music by: Fred Katz
Sound Recordist: Philip Mitchell
Makeup: Harry Thomas
Art Director: Daniel Haller
Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA *
Studio: Chaplin Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA *

Cast
Jonathan Haze (Seymour [Kreilboind])
Jackie Joseph (Audrey [Fulquard])
Mel Welles ([Gravis] Mushnik)
Dick Miller ([Burson] Fouch)
Myrtle Vail (Winifred [Kreilboind])
Tammy Windsor [teenage girl]
Toby Michaels [teenage girl]
Leola Wendorff (Mrs [Siddie] Shiva)
Lynn Storey [Mrs Hortense Feuchtwanger]
Wally Campo [Detective Sergeant Joe Fink/narrator]
Jack Warford [Detective Frank Stoolie]
Merri Welles [Leonora Clyde]
John Shaner [Dr Phoebus]
Jack Nicholson [Wilbur Force]
Dodie Drake [waitress]
Bobbie Coogan [tramp] *
Charles B. Griffith [Kloy/drunk at dentist/screaming patient/voice of Audrey Junior] *
Jack Griffith [drunk] *

Alternative Titles

Kleiner Laden voller Schrecken – West Germany
A Loja dos Horrores – Brazil
The Passionate People Eater – working title
A Pequena Loja dos Horrores – Brazil (television)
La piccola bottega degli orrori – Italy
Il piccolo negozio degli orrori – Italy
Pieni kauhukauppa – Finland
Rémségek kicsiny boltja – Hungary
La tienda de los horrores – Spain
La tiendita del horror – Argentinian title

Remakes
Please Don't Eat My Mother (1972)
Little Shop (1991)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Extracts included in
Horrible Horror (1986)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

See also
The Alien Dead (1980)
Blood Work (2002)
Chopping Mall (1986)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Ghosts ‘n Goblins (1986)
Microwave Massacre (1983)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Waxwork (1988)

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.14 p.49
  • CinemaTV Today no.10020 (24 February 1973) p.27 – note (Trade shows for registration)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10024 (24 March 1973) p.24 – credits, synopsis, review (The new films by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Delirium no.25 (2020) p.11 – short review (Corman's greatest creatures by Chris Alexander)
  • Fangoria no 58 (1986) pp.14-17, 68 – illustrated interview with Mel Welles (The original Mushnick by Tom Weaver)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.471 (April 1973) – review
  • Video the Magazine August 1987 p.21 – review
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.18-29 – illustrated article (Killer : A potted history by Jules Boyle)

Books

  • 100 American Horror Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.123-124
  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.302 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.132-133
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.200-201
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.114, 116
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.64-65; 213 – review; credits
  • Cult Movies: A Hundred Ways to Find the Reel Thing by Danny Peary – article
  • Cult Movies: The Classics, The Sleepers, The Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – article
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.65
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.158
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.255
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) pp.224-225
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.143-144
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.229
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.55 – credits, review
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.53 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.262 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.312-313
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.263-265