Is There Any Reason To Remake Little Shop Of Horrors?

There's this weird delusion among people who pick the bones of old Hollywood movies for living. If the movie they're trying to cash in on, be it 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Conan the Barbarian, was based on something else before it was a movie, they can claim to be "returning to the original source material" and therefore, somehow, be more virtuous. McG is doing it to Captain Nemo, Brett Ratner is doing it to Conan, and now the guy who most recently directed the direct-to-DVD Wrong Turn 3 is doing it to Little Shop of Horrors.

No, not the musical one with Rick Moranis and the singing all-girl trio. That would be unoriginal! Instead Declan O'Brien plans to ruin the story at its roots, remaking the original 1960 Roger Corman movie, which is less musical but just as goofy as the 1980s version. As O'Brien told Bloody Disgusting, "It will be a remake of Roger’s original 1960’s movie. I don’t want to reveal too much, but it’s me, it’ll be dark. It wont be a musical."

Listen to me, Declan O'Brien: there is no way to make Little Shop of Horrors dark. That's not the point. It's a movie about an evil plant, a movie featuring a psychotic dentist (played by Jack Nicholson, dontcha know), a movie called friggin' Little Shop of Horrors. Keep up your horror career, do whatever you like, but leave Roger Corman alone. He may be old, but he's still alive, and probably more than capable of kicking your ass.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend