"What a movie musical SHOULD be... and flesh-eating plants, too!"
Little Shop of Horrors has the dubious distinction of being the Last Live-Action Movie Musical Made That Doesn't Suck.Believe it... after this film came out in 1986, no one has ever made a film with song-and-dance numbers that didn't seem stupid (Blues Brothers 2000), boring (Newsies) or contrived (Everyone Says I Love You). All the good musicals ever since have been animated. Makes you wonder when we'll ever see a GOOD live-action musical again.
The storyline: Dorky Seymour (Rick Moranis), working at a flower shop in a run-down part of the big city, longs to win the heart of fellow co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene) while tolerating her father the boss, Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia), and greaser dentist Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin with hair other than white for once). In the middle of all of this, a mutant plant begins to talk and develops an appetite for human blood. Audrey II, as Seymour affectionately names the plant, promises to give Seymour a new life - and possibly Audrey I's love - if he makes good with supplying fresh O-positive. At first, this is blood donated from Seymour himself, but soon the plant's appetite gets out of control and starts swallowing people whole.
Little Shop of Horrors is based on the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical of the same name. And don't let the title fool you: this Horrors story is played solely for campiness and laughs, with very little blood spilled. The songs are of the early-sixties doo-wop variety, and the killer plant is state-of-the-art Animatronics, with a voice of a jive-talkin' attitude-laden Grover (voice by Levi Stubbs Jr.) Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell provide a Greek-by-way-of-Motown chorus.This is one sick, twisted and humorous film that won't disappoint. And hopefully Hollywood can make a decent musical like this one again. (Somebody say "Rent": The Movie?)