Look at it, it grows like a cold sore from the lip.
with the 1980s musical that it inspired
, The Little Shop of Horrors
is a low-budget Comedy Horror
movie by Roger Corman
, 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 Jack Nicholson
as masochistic dental patient Wilbur Force, who consequently tends to get top billing
whenever the film is 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 a successful stage musical
adapted by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
. 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 Stephen King
's The Plant
. Probably the biggest impact this movie had on pop culture? The Piranha Plants in Super Mario Bros.
Since this movie is in the public domain, you can watch it for free or download it from a bunch of sources, including Hulu
, Internet Archive
. The film is also streaming in its original widescreen theatrical screening aspect ratio on the website of independent comic book publisher Horndog Studios here
The film provides examples of: