Fans of horror, the 1980s, and musicals were all thrilled when word came down yesterday that Little Shop of Horrors would be getting a remake, thanks to Warner Brothers and director Greg Berlanti. The 1986 film from Frank Oz was a hit with folks who might otherwise avoid a musical like plague. But let’s be honest, a musical about a killer plant is pretty cool—and Steve Martin’s Dentist is as hilarious as he is sadistic. But many people don’t realize that this will actually be the 3rd incarnation of Little Shop.
Oz’s film is based on the stage version by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, but that musical was inspired by the 1960 film Little Shop of Horrors, directed by none other than Roger Corman. While the plot is very similar, Corman’s film wasn’t a musical.
Official Synopsis: A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it’s carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.
While it’s a somewhat forgettable B-movie made on a shoestring, it does include an interesting cameo from a very young Jack Nicholson. He plays none other than the masochist (played in Oz’s film by Bill Murry) who visits the sinister orthodontist for a dose of blissful drilling. Check him out reading Pain Magazine in his scene below!
In 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors (Official Synopsis): Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.