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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. It also features a then-unknown Creator/JackNicholson in a small role as masochistic dental patient Wilbur Force, who consequently tends to get [[BillingDisplacement top billing]] whenever the film is [[RetroactiveRecognition released on home video]].

Years later, the movie was adapted into [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors a stage musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken]]. 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
* AlterKocker: Gravis Mushnick, the florist.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: At the film's ending, Audrey Jr. puts forth a flower with Seymour's face in it, with Seymour then pitifully wailing "I didn't mean it!" Implying he's still ''alive and conscious'' inside of Audrey Jr.]]
* 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:
** Seymour: "I didn't mean it!"
** Audrey Jr.: "Feed me!"
** Mushnik: "Excellent!"
* CordonBleughChef: Mrs. Krelboin, who serves Seymour and Audrey a dinner of chow mein flavored with Chinese herbs and epsom salts, soup made with cod liver oil and salsa powder, and [[PunnyName Dr. Flem's cough syrup]] as drinks.
* 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: The psychopathic dentist who enjoys hurting his patients. [[spoiler: And ends up being fed to Audrey Jr.]]
* DisappearedDad: Seymour's father left him and his mother.
* DontYouDarePityMe: [[LampshadeHanging Mentioned by Seymour]] and [[AvertedTrope averted, because he doesn't get mad at Audrey,]] and he's actually a meek guy who accepts Audrey's consolation when Mr. Mushnik gives him one week to nurse the plant back to health:
-->'''Audrey''': Don't feel sad, Seymour.\\
'''Seymour''': [[LampshadeHanging Don't waste your pity on me, Audrey, I'm not worth it.]]\\
'''Audrey''': Who says you're not?\\
'''Seymour''': Everybody.\\
'''Audrey''': Yeah, I know. But I think you're a fine [[{{Malaproper}} figurative of a man...]] and I know that Audrey Jr. will be the sweetest thing in the whole wide world.
** Played straight with Seymour and his hypochondriac mother when he decides to ask Audrey to marry him and she dissuades him with another one of her fits:
-->'''Mrs. Krelboin''': She'll take you off to some shady sanitarium, and leave me to chiropractors and faith healers. I know when I'm not wanted.\\
'''Seymour''' [''after his mom kicks him to the floor'']: Aw gee, ma!\\
'''Mrs. Krelboin''': [[LampshadeHanging Don't feel sorry for me!]] I'll just find a nice wet alley somewhere and curl up and wait for the end.
* DownerEnding: The finale of the movie: [[spoiler: Seymour gets so upset with Audrey Jr. that he tries to kill it, only to end up being eaten by it. On the other hand, due to the framing device of the film being that it's the recollection of a cop who got involved with the case, it's pretty obvious Audrey Jr. got destroyed afterwards (in contrast to the [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors later theatrical version]], where Audrey [=II's=] kill off humanity) and, hey, Seymour ''was'' a murderer, so it's kind of a KarmicDeath.]]
* EatTheEvidence: Invoked when [[spoiler: Seymour and Mushnik respectively dispose of corpses in Audrey Jr's stomach.]]
* FedToTheBeast: [[spoiler:Mushnik pulls this on a robber]].
* FluffyTheTerrible
* GenderBlenderName: Audrey Jr., who is voiced by Charles B. Griffith.
* HealItWithBooze: Seymour's mother gets a bottle of Dr. Slurpsaddle's famous tonic, with a 98% percent alcohol content. If they made a tonic out of gin...
* 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: Winifred Krelboin, Seymour's hypochondriac 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.
* MamasBoy: The nebbish Seymour Krelboin.
* ManEatingPlant: Audrey Jr.
* MeaningfulName: The detectives Fink and Stoolie, as well as Siddie Shiva, ("sitting shiva")[[note]]A sitting shiva is a week-long mourning period after the funeral in Judaism, with the day of the funeral being considered the first day of the week of mourning[[/note]]who frequently buys floral arrangements for her relatives, and the masochist, Wilbur Force.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Audrey Junior's hypnotic ability.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Leonora Clyde, the very persistent call girl 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: Some 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 {{Creator/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.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Seymour states that Audrey Jr. is most likely the only one of its kind that will ever exist.
* 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.]] The two movies were also written by the same person (Charles B. Griffith), were shot back-to-back, and were shot on the same set.
* StealthPun: When Seymour sees his mother at home:
-->'''Winifred Krelboin''': Did you stop at Dr. Mallard's and get the results from that test?\\
'''Seymour''': Yeah, he said there's nothing wrong with you.\\
'''Winifred''': Oh, not Dr. Mallard; he's one doctor I thought would tell the truth!\\
'''Seymour''': He said you should be playing fullback for the Rams.\\
'''Winifred''': He wants me dead! I'll bet he's assistant coroner.
** Since Mrs. Krelboin doesn't think too highly of her physician, it might be said that she thinks Dr. Mallard's a quack.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Gravis Mushnik.
* TooDumbToLive: Seymour. [[spoiler: It's what turns him into a murderer in the first place, and it's how the film ends; he decides the best way to kill Audrey Jr. is to ''climb into its mouth to start hitting it with an axe''. Naturally, he gets eaten.]]
* 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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