I really enjoyed this. I remember the musical version and the song 'Suddenly Semour' but I never knew of this film. As the '3rd horror film' of the year 1960 after 'Psycho' and 'Village of the damned', for a film that took only 2 days to make I reckon it can hold its head up high as a true original. Semour's hypochondriac mother is hilarious.
Legendary Corman cheapie shot in just two days yet puts so many genre films of the period to shame. Despite its budgetary challenges the film works as a macabre comedy and though it may not be as entertaining as its later reinvention as a Broadway musical the film is very enjoyable Characters are well created especially the word mangling Audrey well served by a pretty offbeat script. "...lost my boy last night..'
[Cinémathèque PT #558: 35 mm] (2007) - I was 23, I asked Corman for an autograph in my Moleskine notebook before the screening began, he nodded yes and Bénard da Costa - by his side (Cinémathèque's historic Director/Chairman) smiled at me. A memory I'll always cherish. Thank you Roger Corman.
Akin to a screwball comedy in its fast-paced dialogue and farcical humor... however, despite the swift pacing, Corman's roll the eye's, Leave It to Beaver-style jokes are forced and moronic. They are often based around sarcasm or the naivety of its main character, yet it often never quite balances comedy with naturalism or grounds its absurdism. Great ideas at the center though that was ripe for a remake.
**1/2. A little disappointment after all the buzz about this supposedly cult movie. After all, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is the best known Pre-Poe adaptations of Roger Corman's productions. As horror comedy, it's not funny at all. What I personnally liked the best was the dialogues, always full of corrosive observations, and the scene between Seymour Krelboin and Leonora Clyde the hooker. Recommended, though.
It is fantastic how much can be done when you are writing over two days and is dead drunk. It is a fun dark comedy and seeing Jack Nicholson in a tiny bit role as an annoying man in a dentist chair is priceless. It do have a pretty sick ending that only Roger Corman could have come up with too. The film is also short enough and don't overstay it's welcome. The leading actor is charmless though.
Une jolie "farce horrifique de série B", qui développe une idée simple (une plante bizarre se nourrit de chair humaine) de façon volontairement absurde et caricaturale. Avec Roger Corman, pas besoin d'effets spéciaux ou de grosses dépenses : la plante ressemble à un pur bricolage de carton et de laine de verre... Mais il y a du rythme, un montage serré, des dialogues drôles et de bons acteurs. Résultat : on s'amuse !