9. Little Shop Of Horrors

“The guy sure looks like plant food to me.”

We return to the realm of the musical for number 9 on our list. There are two versions of Little Shop Of Horrors, the original, low-budget 1960 version, which features a young Jack Nicholson as the pain-loving dental patient Wilbur Force; and the 1986 musical version of the film, which was adapted from the Broadway play. The Jack Nicholson character was revised by Bill Murray in the 1986 version, though his characters name was Arthur Denton.

Here is a look at Jack Nicholson in the original role:

Either version of the the film is a wonderful pick for a lighthearted Halloween flick. I enjoy the 1986, all-star musical comedy myself. Frank Oz directed, and the film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and the voice of Levi Stubbs as the plant; as well as appearances by James Belushi, John Candy and Christopher Guest.

Here is the synopsis for those not familiar:

A nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, then Alan Menken’s fabulous soundtrack may. The film is full of great musical numbers that will no doubt linger in your head for days. Here is one of my favorites; it is perhaps not the most beautifully sung, but it is definitely fun (and possibly accurate). Take a look at the Steve Martin’s rendition of the (sadistic) “Dentist Song”:

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