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The Little Shop of Horrors

1960 / 72m - USA
Comedy, Horror
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I really liked Frank Oz' remake of this film, but I had never watched the original. While I'm not a big fan of classic horror, this turned out to be a rather short film. It would also be my first Corman, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a go. It's a good thing I did, as I was happily surprised to find an amusing and entertaining film here.

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Seymour is a clumsy guy who can't do right by his boss. He's on the verge of getting fired from the flower shop, but he gets one more chance to prove himself worthy. Seymour grew a special plant and by putting it on display in the shop he hopes to attract a lot of clients. While his plan seems to work, the plant poses a couple of practical problems.

The film is a goofy, almost slapstick-like comedy enriched with some dark humor and amusing special effects. The film feels a bit rushed (it was shot in only two days, so no surprises there) and the performances are well over-the-top, but it's pretty funny and the short runtime makes sure it doesn't overstay its welcome. Quite fun.