Classic Cinema: Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – By Jason S. Lockard

Roger Corman films are cult classics and the one that hold a special place in most Corman loving hearts is our film of the month Little Shop of Horrors starring our star of the month Jonathan Haze.

Jonathan Haze was born April 1, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Little is known of his early life! Haze was working at a gas station in California when he was discovered by Wyott Ordung; director of the movie Monster from the Ocean Floor, and offered him a small part. His next appearance on film was in 1955 as an outlaw in Five Guns West. Than in an episode of NBC’s western “Terror Town”. Than a few short years later Jonathan would get to star in our film of the month Little shop of horrors.

I think we all know the story of this horror comedy. Seymour (Haze) works in Mushnick’s flower shop and experiments trying to create a new plant. He succeeds if you will when he grows an exotic plant that he named Audrey Jr. (after his girlfriend), but Audrey Jr. has an insatiable appetite for blood. Now it’s up to Seymour to ‘feed him’. As the plant grows larger and hungrier, things start to get out of hand. As Seymour has to find victims to feed his beloved creation.

Jonathan Haze would not only continue to work for Roger Corman for ten years. He would branch out into other aspects of film making including writing. He wrote the 1962 science fiction/comedy film Invasion of the Star Creatures.

At the age of 84 at the time of this writing Jonathan Haze you may not know that name, but the face is very familiar. If you have never seen Jonathan Haze’s work you need to treat yourself to his fun performance in our film of the month; Little Shop of Horrors.

So until next time this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a good movie check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Mild Violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Length: 72 Minutes
Released: 1960
Our Rating: B-