Aug. 5, 2021

This Day in Halloween: Roger Corman's "The Little Shop of Horrors" open across the U.S. in 1960. / Illustration by Gabriela Vega

The Little Shop of Horrors open across the U.S. in 1960. Roger Corman’s comedy horror classic about a carnivorous plant is shot over two days with sets used in his previous film Bucket of Blood. The film is also known for featuring a young Jack Nicholson as a masochistic dental patient. Its success grows from the first run in theaters as part of a double feature with Mario Bava’s Black Sunday and later, with repeated local TV broadcasts in the 1960s and 1970s. It spawns a Broadway musical as well as a film version of the musical starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Bill Murray and an animated series.