Little Shop of Horrors in the Horror Universe: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

3 Jul

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 Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (FILM)

Release Date: September 14, 1960 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Little Shop of Horrors

The Story: A poor loser named Seymour who works for a florist discovers a plant that feeds off of blood. At first, it only needs a few drops, but as it grows, so does its appetite. But the fame that the plant brings to the store (and with it, customers) and the attention Seymour receives from the shop girl Audrey lead him to keep giving in to the plant’s desire for flesh and blood.

Notes: This is the original version of the film, which is…

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Little Shop of Horrors in the Horror Universe: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

3 Jul

Little Shop of Horrors in the Horror Universe: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Little Shop of Horrors in the Horror Universe: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

3 Jul

 

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (FILM)

Release Date: September 14, 1960 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Little Shop of Horrors

The Story: A poor loser named Seymour who works for a florist discovers a plant that feeds off of blood. At first, it only needs a few drops, but as it grows, so does its appetite. But the fame that the plant brings to the store (and with it, customers) and the attention Seymour receives from the shop girl Audrey lead him to keep giving in to the plant’s desire for flesh and blood.

Notes: This is the original version of the film, which is played straight, despite the above poster calling it a comedy. It was remade in the 1980s as a musical comedy film and Broadway play, but it’s the original that is in the Horror Universe. The musical remake claims this to be an alien invasion of sorts, but this original version never really offered an explanation. This film has been “non-cross” referenced many times in such films as Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Chopping Mall, and Waxwork. It is also spoofed in Please Don’t Eat My Mother, Evil Dead II, and Little Shop of Whores.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

26 Jun

Originally posted on Robert E. Wronski, Jr.:

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (FILM)

Release Date: 1955 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Abbott and Costello; Mummy (Universal)

The Story: The two bumblers, who go by Pete Patterson and Freddie Franklin, except for when they forget and do call each other Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, find themselves stuck in Egypt, trying to get home. They find the opportunity when they get a job escorting a recently discovered mummy back to the States, but before they can go, the professor that hired them is killed, and Freddie/Lou accidentally swallows the medallion needed to find the site. Some really bad people force the bumblers to…

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Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

26 Jun

Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY.

Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY

26 Jun

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (FILM)

Release Date: 1955 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Abbott and Costello; Mummy (Universal)

The Story: The two bumblers, who go by Pete Patterson and Freddie Franklin, except for when they forget and do call each other Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, find themselves stuck in Egypt, trying to get home. They find the opportunity when they get a job escorting a recently discovered mummy back to the States, but before they can go, the professor that hired them is killed, and Freddie/Lou accidentally swallows the medallion needed to find the site. Some really bad people force the bumblers to help them find the tomb, while a cult wants to keep the mummy from being found, and the bumblers are again caught in the middle.

Notes: The mummy here is Klaris, apparently the cousin of Kharis. He is brought in and intentionally shown to be a separate guy in Jeff Rovin’s Return of the Wolf Man. This film has been referenced (as fictional) in Stand by Me, Back to the Future Part III, Futurama, and others.

For more Abbott and Costello crossovers, click here.

For more Mummy crossovers, click here.

The Mummy's Hand (Lobby Card), Lobby card for "The Mummy's Hand". "The Mummy's Hand" is a 1940 American horror film, produced by Universal Studios. It is directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Tom Tyler as the mummy Kharis.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

Doctor Who in the Horror Universe: THIS ISLAND EARTH

19 Jun

Originally posted on Robert E. Wronski, Jr.:

Fifth Doctor.jpgEvery Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

THIS ISLAND EARTH (FILM)

Release Date: June 1, 1955 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: This Island Earth

Horror Crosses: Mihmiverse; The Works of Robert Rankin

Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Who; UHF; Borderlands; Mystery Science Theater 3000; ReBoot; Looney Tunes; A Great Moon Hoax; Arena

The Story: Aliens from Metaluna are abducting scientists to aid in their battle against another world.

Notes: As with most public alien invasions or giant monster attacks, the government and private concerns are able to cover up the events. It helps that in the Horror Universe, people seem almost intentionally oblivious in the face of anything beyond their normal expectations of their world. This…

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