LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
1986, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Director Frank Oz’s delightful adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical spawned by Roger Corman’s legendary low-budget horror comedy stars Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, a lowly assistant working in a New York flower shop. Following an eclipse, he finds a particularly unusual plant and discovers that it feeds on human flesh - in fact, its hunger for it is insatiable. The flower shop booms as its carnivorous star attraction grows, and Seymour is willing to look the other way when it gobbles up a couple of not-so-nice people. But when “Audrey II” sets its sights on the co-worker he’s in love with (Ellen Greene), it’s time for Seymour to weed out this mean green mother from outer space. With Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and Bill Murray as his masochistic patient.


RUTHLESS PEOPLE
1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Kidnappers Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater think they've found their ticket to the good life when they snatch Bette Midler, the wife of a wealthy businessman (Danny DeVito). The problem is that the woman's husband was already planning to murder her and is thrilled to have her out of the way. This is only the first of an endless series of clever - and hilariously nasty - twists and turns in this brilliant farce from the creators of AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET.


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