on July 30, 2003
The rest of the reviews here already state most of the details (story, extras, etc.), so I won't rehash it yet again. I wanted to see this flick since I was about 12 or 13, so I am pleased to not only get the opportunity to see it, but to own it (and the extras, which really matter to me). But that is where it loses points, too. Apparently, the pressbook art that is displayed from the Extras menu is supposed to be accompanied by "Radio Rarities", or radio spots from the theatrical release. Instead, we hear the audio tracks for the trailers of PDEMM and The Hungry Pets (same film, alternate release title). Considering the meticulous detail on restoring these films, shorts, trailers, etc., I find it impossible to believe anyone involved believed these to be radio spots, so identifying them as such is simply a lie. Somewhere, real radio spots exist, though.
Also, I'm not crazy about Keep Cases, since they damage too easily, but that's just a quibble. Considering the fact that this Novac restoration did not include a second feature, as most of the Boxoffice International/SWV restorations have, I expected better extras. They could have included more trailers, for example. The SWV Raids Harry Novac's Film Vaults is an interesting piece of filler that will only appeal to hardcore fans. Thumbs up for using the original poster art on the cover, rather than the lame tripe used on most DVD covers that try to employ modern style art with photos of cast members.
Aside from those notations, I'm still happy with the purchase. A great period piece that belongs in every library of collectors of Novac, Meyer, and their ilk.
on July 17, 2003
A shy and timid man who lives with his mother (and resembles Mel Brooks) buys a plant he thinks talked to him. His loneliness is very apparent in the way he tries to turn the plant into a friend. Well, the plant is carnivorous and can talk with a woman's sexy voice.
Henry, our protagonist, now has two joys in life. One is being a voyeur (he is much too shy to actual talk to a girl) and the other is his new plant friend. Soon he discovers the plant likes bugs (and then frogs and dogs and cats but he draws the line at elephants). Eventually the plant wants to try a delicious woman, like in the pictures Henry has hanging in his room.
One day Henry's mother breaks into his room thinking to confront him with a woman and all she can find are Henry and the plant. But soon the plant eats her and discovers that woman are really tasty. When detective O'Columbus shows up, the plant discovers she does not like eating men, just women.
Eventually the plant experiences urges and Henry finds a male specimen. The male eats men while the female eats women. One woman is willing to end Henry's life of virginity but accidently gets eaten. Henry is broken and tries to kill himself while the plants get passionate with one another. Henry is to clumsy to succeed and changes his mind when he sees all of the little baby plants.
Some aspects of this movie are a direct spoof of Roger Corman's Little Shop of Horrors while others seem to have been spoofed by the musical remake.
But spoof aside, this is a fun and titillating film. Henry is excellent in his role and has facial expressions to rival the best silent-film star. The main plot is peppered with scenes of couples having sex with some graphic full-frontal shots although no pornography.
A funny and titillating film for fans of spoofs, comedies and sexpoitation.
on July 31, 2002
This little parody of Little Shop of Horrors is great light entertainment for those who enjoy nudity and laughs. The acting is appropriately comical and decent for this type of film. The women look very nice except for the ... girl towards the end of the picture ... Cute face though. I enjoyed the lead actor's facial expressions in reaction to the events going on. Those who require a lot of substance in their movies will be disappointed, but probably wouldn't consider watching this anyway. My only complaint is that some of the softcore sex scenes run a little long and start to get boring. Young adolescent boys would probably love this movie but it may be a little strong for some parents' tastes. Kick back with some buddies and enjoy because this kind of pure fun will not be found at any public venue in this day and age. That's too bad, but at least there are companies like SWV that will do these titles justice and re-release them with the respect they deserve so that others can relive these kind of movies or discover them for the first time.
on July 25, 2002
In 1972, Harry Novak produced this softcore sex comedy, loosely based on Roger Corman's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Novak's version is a far cry from the earlier picture. There's a talking, man-eating plant, and a nebbish who lives with his mom and feeds people to the hungry plant, but otherwise the pictures are quite dissimilar. Corman's film is silly/funny, Novak's is silly/sexy. The main character in PLEASE DON'T EAT MY MOTHER is a voyeur who unwittingly purchases a carnivorous plant; the anti-hero of LSOH is a nerdy horticulturist. Novak uses every opportunity to load his film with softcore sex, and the result is a watchable farce. Unfortunately, the humor falls flat (although Kartalian himself is funny-looking) and, at 97 minutes, the film seems interminable. It isn't half as funny or as clever as LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
The DVD is put together with great care and affection. The source print for PLEASE DON'T EAT MY MOTHER is incredibly fine, considering its age and the quality of the production. In a section called "Super Sleazy Extras" there are trailers for the film and several other Novak productions, a couple of short features (one called "The Voyeur," designed as a spin-off of the main feature), and a very amusing commentary track with Novak and Mike Vraney of Something Weird Video. Listening to Novak talk about his movies, his philosophy of film making, distribution and promotion, and the various people he's known over the years is a real pleasure.
For mindless, "tantillating" (Novak's word) entertainment, look no further than PLEASE DON'T EAT MY MOTHER.