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The Little Shop of Horrors CL Recommends

When: Wed., Aug. 29, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: Free admission
Martin Barry, aka Professor Bury, is putting a horticultural twist on this month's Creature Feature film series with a screening of The Little Shop of Horrors. In the motion picture — directed by Roger Cormon in 1960 — Seymour (Jonathan Haze) is a clumsy floral designer tolerated only by his boss (Mel Welles) after he presents his latest experiment, a blood-craving hybrid plant called Audrey II (voiced by Charles B. Griffith). But the plant, named after Seymour's ditzy and desirable co-worker (Jackie Joseph), comes with pitfalls. Originally spurring an increase in traffic and causing revenue to skyrocket at the struggling little flower shop, it's later the root of the shop's destruction when a series of homicides and accidental deaths transpire because of the mutant species. Not to be confused with the musical adapted by Frank Oz in 1986, this black-and-white motion picture could be considered cinematically ahead of its time, despite its bare-bones production budget of only $30,000, compared to the whopping $25 million it took for Oz's later adaptation.
— Anita Overcash


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