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.

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