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Little Shop of Horrors

Released 1960
Distributor The Filmgroup

The little picture that could. Emerging from initial mini-budget obscurity to full fledged mainstream fame, this may be Roger Corman’s best known movie, despite the fact that most of the ostensible audience has probably never seen it. Subsequent incarnations have turned this wacky cult item into an unlikely piece of Americana.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.