Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Reading a charming review of It’s Complicated by moviejoltz made me think of one of my favourite comedians Steve Martin and one of my favourite and most memorable roles by him, the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello – D.D.S.!

That role is from Little Shop of Horrors, one of two favourite musical films which both happened to be from the 80s. The other unforgettable one I love is Hairspray, the 1988 John Waters classic with Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry (and not the newer 2007 version so much despite the always-excellent Michelle Pfeiffer).

In the early 90s, I came across Little Shop in a video rental shop. I was so enthralled by it I must have watched it twenty times in a row or something. There’s sweet, vulnerable, abused Audrey who is not asking for much; just a sweet little house in a cosy little family life.

She wants to get the hell out of Skid Row. And so do everybody else.

Of course, many more memorable songs and characters from this musical film, including the evil but funky cool plant named Audrey2 and the fabulous trio of ‘backup singers slash narrators’ Ronette, Crystal and Chiffon. I can’t possibly squeeze all the videos here; it’d be the entire movie lol.

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2 thoughts on “Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

  1. I recommend the original Little Shop of Horrors, too. It’s not a musical, but you do get to see an early Jack Nicholson role. (He plays the same character as Bill Murry in the movie musical.) It’s sticks more to the horror side, with an unhappy ending, but it’s a good little film.

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