Sunday, 12 July 2009

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

This is one of those “remember seeing as a kid” movies that I had to take an older and wiser look at. I can honestly say it is still damn good.

I am a habitual detester of musicals so it is a strange dichotomy that I enjoy this film. It isn’t all win win however, parts of the film for me, like almost any musical, are buttock clenchingly twee. In fact my viewing of this film swings from pure indulgent joy in pieces such as “Son be a Dentist” and “Mean Green Mutha” to sheer horror during tracks like “Green” and “Suddenly Seymour”vlcsnap-2009-07-12-11h15m06s205

The film is astonishingly simple in story, particularly considering its bastard nature (Based on a stage play that was based on a horror movie) telling the story of Seymour a nerdy little man in love with Audrey who is saddled with a sadistic Dentist boyfriend. Seymour finds a strange little plant with a taste for human blood and the story unwinds linearly from there.

Some of the scenes in the film are shout out balls to the wall brilliant. Steve Martin is fantastic as the aforementioned evil Dentist and the scene with his Masochistic patient Bill Murrey forms the funniest sequence ever seen in a musical. The dentist song itself is triumphant and hilariously true, why else would anyone choose that profession!vlcsnap-2009-07-12-11h42m51s209

Another stand out scene is the Big Green Mutha piece. With the animatronics plant really tearing up the scenery with great aplomb. This leads to the standout of what is obviously a low budget film. Audrey II is a true triumph if cinematic art. he animatronics are superb and todays techniques still would struggle to match what comes over onscreen. In fact I am sure that should this film ever be remade the CGI effort will have none of the presence of the 1986 version.

A great little film, in parts, a cringe worthy musical in others but well worth a look.

Paul out…and shopping for an Audrey II (so cute)


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