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--> Look at it, it grows like a cold sore from the lip.
--> -- '''Gravis Mushnick''', regarding Audrey Jr., the [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating plant]].

[[IThoughtItMeant Often confused]] with [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors the 1980s musical that it inspired]], ''The Little Shop of Horrors'' is a low-budget [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror Comedy Horror]] movie by Creator/RogerCorman, released in 1960. The rather loose plot concerns a bumbling florist's assistant whose plant cross-breeding experiments accidentally create a talking plant with hypnotic powers that feeds on human blood.

It was famously filmed in under 48 hours, using pre-existing sets that were built for a different film. The other thing the film is famous for is a small role by the then-unknown Creator/JackNicholson as masochistic dental patient Wilbur Force, who consequently tends to get [[BillingDisplacement top billing]] whenever the film is [[RetroactiveRecognition released on home video]].

Although the movie was profitable, it wasn't a ''major'' hit by any stretch of the imagination, but developed a cult following via drive-in and television screenings, eventually leading to [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors a successful stage musical]] adapted by Howard Ashman and Music/AlanMenken. The musical streamlines the plot, ditching a lot of incidental characters and giving it a proper dramatic arc. The film and/or musical also probably served as partial inspiration for the plant in Creator/StephenKing's ''The Plant''. Probably the biggest impact this movie had on pop culture? The Piranha Plants in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''.

Since this movie is in the public domain, you can watch it for free or download it from a bunch of sources, including [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/201832/the-little-shop-of-horrors Hulu]], [[http://www.archive.org/details/The_Little_Shop_of_Horrors_60 Internet Archive]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HABYchwBjcg&feature=watch-now-button&wide=1 YouTube]]. The film is also streaming in its original widescreen theatrical screening aspect ratio on the website of independent comic book publisher Creator/HorndogStudios [[http://horndogs1.blogspot.com/2013/04/TheLittleShopOfHorrors.html here]].

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!!The film provides examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Seymour and Audrey.
* AllJewsAreCheapskates
* BMovie
* BigEater: [[ImAHumanitarian Audrey, Jr.]], [[spoiler:of people]]
* {{Brainwashed}}: Audrey Jr. hypnotizes Seymour to make a final kill.
* BrainBleach
-->'''Mr. Mushnik:''' I've got to get drunk, now!
* BrickJoke: Frank Stoolie speaks [[AngstWhatAngst extremely casually]] about [[spoiler:his child dying in a fire]]. Turns out that the child is [[spoiler:[[RunningGag yet another relative of Siddie Shiva]]]].
* CatchPhrase: "I didn't mean it!"
** "Feed me!"
* CreepyPhysical
* DeadpanSnarker: Gravis Mushnick for most of the movie. Audrey Jr. also gets in on the action after revealing its man-eating nature to Mushnick, who [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]]:
--> '''Mushnick''': ''Who'' would you like to [[IAmAHumanitarian have]] tonight?
--> '''Audrey Jr.''': You look fat enough.
* DepravedDentist
* DisappearedDad: Seymour's father left him and his mother.
* EatTheEvidence
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted, in that Seymour comes across as being basically good-hearted, but stupid and incompetent, and none of the deaths in this film were ''really'' his fault.
** Even the last one [[spoiler: his own]] is out of concern.
* FedToTheBeast: [[spoiler:Mushnik tries this on a robber]].
* FluffyTheTerrible
* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: The big one is JackNicholson, who was an unknown when the movie was originally released, and now gets [[BillingDisplacement top billing]] on most home video releases, even though his role, as memorable as it may be, [[OneSceneWonder is very small]]. Dick Miller and Jackie Joseph are the second and third most recognized cast members, due to their later roles in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''. Fans of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' may recognize Jonathan Haze and Mel Welles for their roles in a couple of different movies shown on that series.
* IDidntMeanToKillHim: [[spoiler:The final line, a repeat of Seymour's CatchPhrase]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Mushnik, after he catches Seymour [[spoiler:feeding body parts to the plant]].
* JewishMother: Seymour's mother.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Mister Mushnik actually killed one of the victims. This does prevent the blame falling squarely on Seymour.]]
* TheKlutz: Seymour Krelboin
* LargeHam: Pretty much everybody, but Mel Welles as Mister Mushnik really stands out.
* LethalKlutz: Seymour. First, he [[spoiler:throws rocks at a bottle on a roof until one of them hits a bystander who falls onto train tracks and gets hit by the train]]. Then he [[spoiler:stabs a dentist with one of his own instruments in self-defense]], and then he [[spoiler:throws yet another rock while under the plant's hypnosis and hits a call girl in the head]].
* {{Malaproper}}: Both Audrey and Mr. Mushnik.
* ManEatingPlant
* MeaningfulName: The detectives Fink and Stoolie, as well as Siddie Shiva ("sitting shiva") and the masochist, Wilbur Force.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Audrey Junior's hypnotic ability.
* OffscreenTeleportation: The very persistent woman going after Seymour seems to do this often.
* OnlySaneMan: Mister Mushnik and the robber.
* PasteEater: Burson Fouch buys flowers from the shop as take-out meals, and furthermore is something of an epicure, having eaten at florist shops all over the country. He even sees Audrey Jr. as a potential food item (complaining that it looks "stale"). When he finally leaves it's because his wife is making gardenias for dinner.
* {{Planimal}}: Audrey, Jr. is a plant, but has vocal chords and apparently, a full digestive system in its stalk.
* PoliceAreUseless: What a bunch of [[InJoke finks!]]
* PublicMediumIgnorance: Fans of the Frank Oz movie are not aware that it derived from this movie, and the two are often confused as a result. Jack Nicholson is also not the star of the movie, despite a [[OneSceneWonder memorable role]] and being top billed on many home video releases (a noteworthy example? One VHS tape had a painting of Nicholson ''[[CoversAlwaysLie holding the plant]]'', even though the two do not come into contact with each other at any point). This is also not a straightforward horror movie, despite being categorized as such on {{Hulu}} and Website/YouTube or miscategorized on DVD shelves. In fact, when it was originally released, fans of the movie noted it for its ''Magazine/{{Mad}}''-like humor and satire.
* PunnyName: Siddie Shiva.
* SelfPlagiarism: Of Corman's earlier film, ''Film/ABucketOfBlood''. Same exact plot, same soundtrack, characters with similar personalities. [[spoiler: It even ends in the same exact way.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Gravis Mushnik.
* ToServeMan: [[spoiler:Audrey, Jr.]]'s preferred fare.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Audrey Jr., named for the human Audrey, whom Seymour has a crush on.
* WorldOfHam
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