#14 The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Dir: Roger Corman

Well… that was somewhat odd!

Roger Corman directed this cult classic, about a talking carnivorous plant called Audrey Jr. I knew of Roger Corman, and that his work has been primarily in horror B-movies, but as they aren’t usually my type of thing I’ve not really watched much like this.

Many people might have seen the 1986 musical remake, but this original has quite a considerable cult following itself. Much of the dialogue is delivered at a fast pace, throwing in frequent quips and often substituting terms for similar-sounding inaccuracies, some of which made me chuckle. Though the tone is essentially light and humourous, there are a few moments of darkly black humour, some even veering towards the macabre.

Having now watched this, I still don’t think it’s my kind of thing. I owned a venus fly trap once, and read John Wyndham’s ‘Day of the Triffids’, that’s plenty of carnivorous horticulture to last me a while.

Audrey Jr


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