#659 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Based on the off-Broadway musical comedy, which is based on the 1960 film of the same name, Little Shop of Horrors is a delightful little black comedy horror musical. That’s a mouthful.

Musicals, especially the movie adaptations are far more often misses than hits, but similarly to the musicals on stage, the movie adaptations really gain from having big and strong production quality to them. Little Shop of Horrors gets this part right; the pseudo 1950s American city streets build into a massive studio work well as a magical, movie-like backdrop to the scenes, and the (funny) musical numbers as composed, arranged and performed with exceptional professionalism.

The same goes for the antagonist plant. Its lifelikeness is exceptional, and it just might be the best animated puppet even seen on the silver screen.

80s-o-meter: 68%

Total: 82%