FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Little Shop of Horrors

Feed me, Seymour! Directed by Muppets genius/alum Frank Oz, this dazzling pop culture oddity remains near and dear to us — so come tap your feet and chomp your neighbor’s flesh as we take in this scenery-chewing musical classic in all its big-screen glory. Much like the monstrous form of its carnivorous villain Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors mutated from a ‘60s Corman cheapie into a hit Broadway musical, and then onto a horror/comedy with a cult following of its own. This 1986 treasure boasts a star-studded comedic cast (Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest), whiz-bang puppeteering FX and a show-stopping soundtrack — a perfect concoction that dazzles you with ingenuity while never skimping on the humor or horror. The secret to Oz’s success, aside from knowing his way around a giant puppet, is that he keeps the film firmly (ahem!) rooted in its midnight movie origins, while fully embracing the razzle-dazzle spectacle of big Broadway-style setpieces.
Dir. Frank Oz, 1986, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Little Shop of Horrors”!