“Feed me, Seymour”
In 1987 a little film musical called little shop of horrors, directed by Frank Oz (yes you know the name, he’s the voice of Yoda from the star wars movies.) was released in the UK on home video release. Starring Rick Moranis (from the original Ghostbusters fame) as a down on his luck lowly florist named Seymour who secretly pines for his co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). They live and work on skid row, a neighbourhood that is clearly impoverished (we get a whole musical number on just how bad it is to live there) and the florist where Seymour and Audrey work simply has virtually no custom. That is until on a rare solar eclipse, Seymour comes across a strange and unusual plant that he cannot find listed in any books.
The mysterious plant brings customers to the shop and earns Seymour local fame, but the plant that Seymour names Audrey 2 hides a dark secret that only Seymour knows.
I remember watching this movie as a child and I loved it! There were cameos from the huge 80’s stars that are Steve Martin, John Candy, Jim Belushi and my personal favourite Bill Murray. Also, I could not help but fall in love with, as a child of the 80’s, the bluesy dulcet tones of a giant singing evil plant with a potty mouth hell bent on world domination (yes I went with the really bad plant pot pun, I deserve that roll of the eyes you gave me as you read it). Voiced by Levi Stubbs who was the lead vocalist in the R&B group The Four Tops, our giant evil plant manages to belt out some catchy tunes such as “Feed Me (Git It)” and “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” which completely appealed to my warped sense of humour but not as much as Steve Martins musical number “Dentist” which as a child and now an adult was hilarious. Steve Martin’s portrayal of Orin the sadistic dentist is dark yet cringingly funny.
Little shop of horrors was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Best Visual Effects and the other, Best Original Song for “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” which it lost out to from “Take My Breath Away” from the film Top Gun.
Having had fond memories of this film as a child, I was if I admit, a little apprehensive to watch it as an adult, as I was terrified it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. (I had this experience when watching the TV show “Spitting Image” for the first time as an adult, I was so incredibly disappointed). I needn’t have worried, I laughed at it, sang along with the songs that I remembered from my childhood days and just thoroughly enjoyed reliving the film with my adult eyes.
Little Shop of Horrors is a cult classic and we should really be seeing it more often on TV, or maybe even the other big online streaming companies.
Please don’t forget this little known, hidden gem from the 80’s. Make your kids watch it, I did, and I turned out to be a pretty stable role model for society… or did I? Mwahahaha!
8 out of 10 stars