LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin,
James Belushi, John Candy, Bill Murray
Warner Bros.; Directed by Frank Oz
Rated PG-13; 88 minutes; 1986
The monster musical comedy based on the 1960 Roger Corman cult classic and adapted from the award-winning stage hit. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS presents an extraordinary triangle involving a lower eastside Manhattan flower shop employee named Seymour, his whimsical co-worker Audrey, and a mysterious plant nicknamed Audrey II—whose growth rate is surpassed only by its peculiar appetite.
"The looniest, nuttiest, most outrageous movie musical comedy in years. Lends new meaning to the word crazy. Loads of fun."
- Jeffrey Lyons, SNEAK PREVIEWS/INN
"Just when you thought Hollywood had lost the knack for making good-time musicals along comes this raucous rib-tickler to put a song and a scare in your heart. Steve Martin is savagely funny."
- Peter Travers, PEOPLE MAGAZINE
"Hilariously funny, consistently witty. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is an instant comedy classic!"
- Joy Gould Boyum, GLAMOUR
"We both had a great time, an off beat, up beat, really funny entertainment that was about romance and a man-eating plant. This movie is going to run for a long time. I'd like to see it again tonight."
- SISKEL & EBERT AT THE MOVIES
"The movie is a scream! An Academy Award® should be created for best plant. I'll tell ya, I hope to see it again."
- Gene Shalit, TODAY SHOW, NBC-TV
"A winning, delightful, full blown movie musical."
- Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Grandly ,loony, full-bodied and explosively funny! It's a wildly infectious show!"
- Michael Wilmington, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Great fun! Great score! Great cast! Steve Martin is so good, he deserves a supporting actor Oscar® nomination. It's going to do a big, big business in laughs!"
- Joel Siegel, WABC-TV
"HHH 1/2. One of the best and certainly funniest musicals in years! A musical classic with joyful songs. A hothouse full of laughs!"
- Gene Siskel, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"A wonderful holiday movie! I loved it."
- Gary Franklin, KABC-TV
"The funniest movie of the holiday season! One of the most imaginative musical-comedy films ever."
- Digby Diehl, KCBS-TV
"HHH 1/2. You're going to love LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. It's a monstrous good time. It's movie magic."
- Jack Curry, USA TODAY
"HHH1/2. Explosive big laughs. One of those movies that fans want to include in their lives."
- Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"HHH1/2. Delightfully entertaining."
- Richard Freedman, NEWHOUSE NEWSPAPERS
"A lot of bloomin’ fun! Chuckles and chills by the gross."
- Guy Flatley, COSMOPOLITAN
"A fiendish delight for comedy fans!"
- Judith Crist, WOR-TV (NEW YORK)
"****. Wonderfully fresh, playfully inventive, rampant hilarity . . . it is a great, big success."
- Joe Leydon, HOUSTON POST
"****. Explosively funny, endlessly cool, deliriously off-the-wall!"
- Tom Sabulis, DALLAS TIMES HERALD
"A delightfully demented musical comedy."
- James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD
"Oh boy, this is mad, wild fun. A bright and spritely movie musical. A delicious comedy."
- Katie Kelly, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
"HHH 1/2. A funny, snappy comic romp with verve and ingenuity! Steve Martin is utterly hilarious—fun pops joyfully on the screen!"
- William Wolf, GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
"Exhilarating fun. You'll leave the theater humming the sings and buzzing with the energy of this unstoppable hit!"
- Michael Medved, SNEAK PREVIEWS/PBS-TV
"HHH 1/2. This Christmas, head directly for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! A deliciously daft, delightfully, oddball antic. A bloomin' hit!"
- Harry Haun, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"LITTLE SHOP is irresistible! Steve Martin's outrageously funny performance in pure cinematic laughing gas."
- Joseph Gelmis, NEWSDAY
"A delightful, off-beat musical!"
- Rob Baker, WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY
"A musical extravaganza!"
- David Edelstein, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"A lot of fun! It has a delightful doo-wop score, a funny script and an all-star comic cast. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS offers more laughs per minute than many a recent comedy."
- John H. Richardson, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
"Steve Martin is hilarious. Death by laughter."
- Richard Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE