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Little Shop of Horrors

Year: 1986
Production Co: Geffen
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Frank Oz
Producer: David Geffen
Writer: Charles B Griffith
Cast: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Bill Murray

If there was no other appeal for me in this film it would have been good enough just to watch Steve Martin and Bill Murray together.

They were my favourite Saturday Night Live comics from the 80s, and even though Spies Like Us paired Aykroyd and Chase, Ghostbusters Aykroyd and Murray and The Three Amigos Martin with Chase, Martin and Murray never shared the screen before or since, and I always wanted them to do a comedy together as the leads.

For all its upsides, this remake of Roger Corman's 60s musical romp didn't quite do that. It was about nerdy Seymour (Moranis) and his love for coworker Audrey (Greene) and the screentime shared by Martin as psychotic dentist Orin Scrivello and Murray as the masochist patient Arthur who brings him undone were on screen was short.

None of that detracts from the Broadway-like production as Seymour sees his chance to save the ailing business and win Audrey's heart with the help of a carnivorous talking plant that arrives at the florist where they both work. Seymour calls the plant Audrey II and at first he finds its hunger for human flesh little more than startling.

But Audrey's a metaphor for a drug habit, growing bigger and hungrier and demanding more and more until she's taking over Seymour's life and uttering the film's iconic line – 'feed me Seymour'.

I'm surprised by my fond memories of it considering how I usually hate musicals, but it's all done with such a bombastic sense of it's own ridiculousness it's almost impossible to dislike it.

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