Monday, September 29, 2014

Manic Monday Bonus--Little Comic Of Horrors?

Botanists Trent and Harly discover a rare carnivorous plant in Brazil!!

In a stunningly bad move, they decide to bring it back to the U.S. of A.

On the way, they get into a little tiff, and Trent knocks Harly out!

Later, feeling bad, he comes back...but:

"Sorry you lost your temper"? Dude, you cold-coked him into unconsciousness!!

Also--you leave a helpless body in the same room as man-eating plant...gee, I wonder what happened to him!

Back home, even house pets aren't safe:

Gee, I wonder what happened to the dog??

And cleaning ladies aren't particularly safe, either:

OK, this is getting out of hand...

Ah, but we're not done yet...


Now, before you accuse this story of ripping of The Little Shop Of Horrors, please realize that Beware #12 (1954) came out almost 6 years BEFORE the Roger Corman "classic."

So did Corman rip off an old horror comic? Were both the comic and film inspired separately by 1931 short story "Green Thoughts" by John Collier--a story often cited as source for the movie--in which a murderous orchid kills people and grows buds in the shape of their heads. Or is it one of them dang coincidences?

At least they didn't make a musical of the comic story...

1 comment:

Martin Gray said...

How fascinating, thanks for sharing it. Never mind the meat-eating plant, though, I'm freaked out by the way fashions suddenly flip from the Forties to Edwardian modes.