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The Little Shop of Horrors [Import]

Jonathan Haze , Jackie Joseph , Mel Welles , Charles B. Griffith    Unrated   DVD
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Hilarious, cheapie black comedy from 1960 that may be the best film by B-picture master Roger Corman, other than Bucket of Blood, made about the same time with the same writer, Charles Griffith. Seymour (Jonathan Haze) is an assistant in a skid-row flower shop who's on the point of losing his job when the unusual plant he's developed turns the store into a major attraction. The only problem is that the plant needs human blood to live, all the while crying, "Feed me! FEED ME!" Luckily, Seymour causes a series of inadvertent deaths that more than make up for the food shortage. Jack Nicholson provides a comic sidebar as a nutjob masochist visiting a dentist's office. Giggling and wild-eyed from the same impulse that might lead others to read scandal sheets, he can be seen in the dentist's waiting room reading aloud from Pain magazine. Famous for having the shortest shooting schedule on record (two days and a night), The Little Shop of Horrors spawned an off-Broadway musical that was in turn made into a successful film in 1986, starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. It was in just this quick-shoot atmosphere that Corman nurtured the careers of many of America's most celebrated film directors; this little shop of honors included Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, and Jonathan Demme. The DVD has optional Japanese subtitles, very generous bios of the stars and filmmakers, and a clean, crisp transfer. --Jim Gay

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5.0 out of 5 stars And all along it was a YIDDISH COMEDY!!! Dec 17 2003
As every film buff knows, this is the schlock horror movie that later became the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Like the musical, this was never intended to be a scare -- it was done tongue-in-cheek and is really a spoof .
I had heard of this movie, but did not see it until after viewing the musical. What surprised me was the amazing amount of Jewish humor in the original. Mr. Mushnik, the flower shop owner, speaks with a decidely Yiddish accent, and is constantly making puns like "Aloha -- OY!" Then there's Mrs. Shivah (her name refers to a Jewish funeral custom), who is always buying flowers for some relative who died. Never mind that traditional Jewish funerals don't use flowers -- it's a good gag. So is Seymour's hypochodriac mother, who is the exact opposite of the usual Jewish Mother -- she DOESN'T want Seymour to get married, but if he does, he should at least get a girl with a really serious disease, not this healthy Audrey he brings home. The dinner at Mom's is hilarious -- everything she serves is some sort of home remedy. Cough syrup liquers, cod liver oil soup.... kosher, but YECCCCH!!!!
All of this gets lost in the musical rewrite, which went from Yiddish theater mode to Motown. That was funny, too -- but if you are into collecting old Jewish humor, then the original "Little Shop" should definitely be on your shelf. I give it five stars, not because it's a great cinematic acomplishment (it's not!) but because I see it as a part of Jewish-American cultural history. And besides, it's funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I recently watched the musical remake of Little Shop of Horrors and enjoyed it immensely, and my curiosity about the genesis of that film lead me to its progenitor. I hadn't realised that Roger Corman's original was intended as a comedy--I'd thought that it was a cheapie horror film with camp humor arising from its unintended absurdity. This is absolutely not the case, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The absurdity of Little Shop, and there is plenty, is all fully intended. At times it is almost as if the Monty Python troupe is doing a black-and-white horror spoof, it is so good. I find it impossible to say whether the musical remake or the original is "better"--they are simply different, and each amusing in its own way. I prefered Rick Moranis's Seymour to that of Jonathan Haze, but Jackie Joseph's Audrey had funnier lines and was less pathetic than Ellen Greene's. But what really surprised me was that the comic touches I had thought were signatures of the Saturday Night Live/Second City crowd were all in the original: the sadistic dentist and his masochistic patient; "Pain" magazine, "Feed me!", and more. Futhermore, the original had some more absurd characters that didn't make it into the remake, including a parody of the detectives from Dragnet and Seymour's mother, a hypochondriac whose home cooking is all flavoured with medicine! Although the sound and picture quality of the version I watched was poor, it was worth sitting through if you enjoyed the more recent version. Also worthy of note was the spiky, xylophone-timpani-and-baritone-saxophone-laden score by Fred Katz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flower Power fans unite! April 20 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is Roger Corman's FLOWER POWER epic. It has something for everyone:Jonathan (Purple)Haze plays Seymour K (like Kafka's great Post-Modern hero)who falls into the existential trap of your basic Vampire Plant. Jackie Joseph (an Audrey Hephburn "ringer")essays "Helen of Skid Row" role as Audrey Fulquard. Mel Wells brings depth to underrated Dostoyevskian role of Little Shop of Horror's proprietor, Gravis Mushnik. Much has been said about how this Corman classic influenced directors like Coppola and Scorsese. But its budgetary excess(2 days and a night, to knock-off a typical, blood-devouring daffodil drama)probably offended artistic propriety. Remember: it took Francis Ford C. 10 years to complete APOCALYPSE NOW!...
Technically, art direction and production values of this proto-work have to be studied to be appreciated. The sequence where hapless Seymour K is pursued by police agents Fink and Stoolie through a junk yard full of tires and toilets belies unnecessary interpretation other than to observe the angst on Seymour's face when he pops-up through a broken commode. Finally, there's the celebrated role of Jack Nicholson who would come to fame in the Hippie saga, "Easy Rider". If you're a fan of DENTAL QUEST(who isn't?), LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS deserves its mythological repute on this segment alone.Fans of Gravis, Seymour K, Audrey I & II, unite to restore this archetypal film to the peerless status it deserves......
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Little Shop of Horrors May 28 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure this is a great film, but Amazon, you really need to work on labelling. At the time I bought this, the information was the same as the Little Shop of Horrors starring Rick Moranis. I didn't realize it was a completely different film until seeing a picture of Jack Nicholson in black and white posing on the back cover. My advice - if this is the version you're looking for, go for it, but if you're looking for the other one, this isn't it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Food... June 12 2004
Yes, this is the original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, with the original talking carnivorous plant known as Audrey jr. Produced and directed by schlock-meisterburger Roger Corman, LSOH is about the trials of poor Seymour Krelboined (Jonathan Haze) and his interesting life in and around Mushnick's florist shop. Seymour works at Mushnick's, where a steady stream of eccentric characters happen through (including Dick "Bucket Of Blood" Miller as a guy who loves to eat flowers). Seymour is growing his own new type of plant, which he names Audrey jr. after his cutie pie co-worker (Jackie Joseph). Well, Audrey jr. doesn't seem to be very healthy, until Seymour accidentally cuts himself, getting some of his blood in Audrey jr.'s soil. The little plant responds and begins growing big and strong. The little green monster starts talking too, demanding more FOOD! Soon, Seymour is bringing in the bodies of people he's met, who just happen to have fallen victim to a series of unfortunate accidents. LSOH is hystrically funny and dark as well. Seymour's mom is unforgettable, as are Mr. and Mrs. Mushnick, and of course, the great Jack Nicholson in his debut role as a masochistic dental patient. Buy this one right now! Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool package format
Not only did the movie arrive promptly and in excellent condition, it also was packaged as a DVD case sized collector photo book
It was very cool
Published 22 months ago by Aaaviku
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong movie reviewed
Your review of Roger Corman's low-budget "Little Shop of Horrors" by James G. Mack actually reviews the musical version, made many years later. You need to correct that.
Published on April 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another opinion needed!!!
This is THE Roger Corman classic. Made in three days on very little money it's an absolute classic of demented renegade film making. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Cosmic Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the funny version
I didn't realize there were other versions of "Little Shop of Horrors." This one is kind of creepy if your looking for the Rick Moranis version. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars great movie, lousy copy
If you've never seen Little Shop but love humor on the edge, this is more than worth the money (though I bought the same copy from another source for a dollar less). Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by "artmcleanemail"
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Review
This movie needs better acting and special effects. It also needs color to make it more interesting. It wouldn't hurt for a better score or if it was longer to add detail. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Right Movie, wrong version
I haven't seen this version, so the stars are "just because".
Every review of this movie refers to Rick Moranis, whom was probably a child of 10 or less when this... Read more
Published on March 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars love it, love it.....
Im sure that technically speaking the sound, clarity etc, is not up to the DVD standards of excellency, but it is fun to see it as I remembered long ago, on late night horror... Read more
Published on July 29 2001 by avid fan
4.0 out of 5 stars LoTs of FuN
Didn't know what to expect from this one. I was pleasantly surprised. I remember fondly how much I laughed when I first saw this. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2001 by Allen W. Nyhuis
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