Mar 20


Cinemapolis Ithaca, NY


Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)— Killer plants

Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute for plant science introduce Earth's killer plants, covering the evolution of toxicity and even predatory behavior in a variety of flora. Presented as part of the 2019 National Week of Science on Screen.

Cinemapolis Ithaca, NY

Film Synopsis

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

Meek flower-shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). A total eclipse brings a seeming reversal of fortune for him and the store: he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs), an oddity that brings the press and curious customers to the shop. When it fails to thrive on water and sunlight, Seymour secretly discovers, to his horror, that the plant feeds only on human flesh and blood. After Seymour feeds Audrey's abusive boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to Audrey II after Orin's accidental death, the increasingly bloodthirsty plant demands more bodies. If he refuses, will Seymour lose his newfound fame and his burgeoning romance with Audrey?

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