The Little Shop of Horrors

Director: Roger Corman
Screenwriters: Charles Griffith

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Perhaps the campiest of all Corman’s films—and rumored to have been shot in two days—The Little Shop Of Horrors features a people-eating plant raised and fed by a deranged errand boy who aspires to botanical fame and fortune. The plant (which, by the way, also talks) begins to make life miserable for the kid, his Skid Row boss, and some students who want the plant for their Rose Bowl Parade float. In one of cinema’s highest cult moments Jack Nicholson gives his version of a dental patient hooked on pain (“Drill! Please drill!”)

Screening Details

  • Section: Highlights: Petit, Truffaut, Passer, Corman's Prodigies
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 70 min.
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