“Of all the films I ever directed, the one that has survived the longest as a genuine ‘cult classic’ is the one I did the fastest and the cheapest. It only took me two days on a leftover soundstage to shoot principle photography for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), but it has lived on for nearly thirty years now in midnight shows on campuses, revival cinema, videocassette outlets, and remakes for stage and screen.”
Producer/writer/director Roger Corman
How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime (1990)
The 1960 version also featured a young Jack Nicholson. Frank Oz directed the 1986 version which included Steve Martin, James Belushi, and Bill Murray in the cast.
P.S. One of my all time favorite film experience was on another Roger Corman directed film, House of Usher (1960) starring Vincent Price. My mother was an art teacher at South Seminole Middle School here in Central Florida and one night they showed House of Usher. They showed (I assume) an old 16mm print in the school cafeteria so the conditions weren’t ideal. But what was ideal was I would have been in grade school at the time and (spoiler alert) when that house burned down I was transfixed. Those images have always stayed with me. If I recall correctly, that house they burned down was a classic low-budget filmmaking Corman trick. He found out a building was to be torn down so he negotiated to burn it down, and then shot it with two cameras. (Also, the script based on a Edgar Allan Poe story was written by Richard Matheson who would later write episodes of The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.)