#74 -- Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Director: Roger Corman
Rating: 5 / 5

This was the first of the "classics" that I ever saw, and it became my favorite rather quickly. It had to scooch over to second place, though, when I finally saw House on Haunted Hill. But regardless, it is still one of my favorite movies, and it holds a special place in my heart for introducing me to the classics. Little Shop follows Seymour, a goofy, dorky little man working in a flower shop. In order to impress his boss, and a beautiful lady he's had his eye on, he creates a new kind of flower. It is a great success and brings in many new customers. Seymour's boss is very pleased with him, but Seymour soon learns that he has a big problem.

This flower - which he named Audrey 2, after the woman he loves - is far from ordinary. It's pretty much like a venus fly-trap, but it eats more than bugs. Seymour learns that the plant not only can talk - "Feed me!" - but that it has a giant thirst for blood. Seymour then begins finding people out on the street to kill and feed to his precious flower.

Jack Nicholson guest stars as an insanely creepy dental patient, who just loves getting work on his teeth. He is creepy, yes, but he is also hilarious. 

This movie is amazing, and it will always be one of my favorites. Is the acting amazing? No. Are the effects phenomenal? No. But it was made in the '60s, so you can't really expect too much of either of those things. It is wonderful, though, and far better than its successor. The movie was remade in the '80s, with Rick Moranis starring as Seymour. It was a musical and, to put it simply, it fucking SUCKS. Don't watch that one. Stick to the original, because it is far more enjoyable.

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