Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?Written by
Plans for a sequel were announced but it never materialized. See more »
Though the year is never mentioned, the calendar behind the counter matches September of 1964. However, on the radio it is briefly mentioned that Kennedy is president, who was assassinated in 1963. See more »
On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...
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"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with Jim Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »
The original colorized copy of the film's original ending was thought to be lost in a studio fire. However, as David Geffen didn't find out after the original DVD version was recalled, no such copy had ever existed. The ending remained lost, until director Frank Oz held a Q&A session during a Jim Henson-themed exhibit at the Museum of The Moving Image in Queens, NY that Warner Bros was in fact would release a restored edition of the film with the original ending for a future Blu-Ray and DVD release. Warner used re-discovered color negatives and production notes from Oz and the film's creative team to complete a Director's Cut with the original ending restored. The Blu-Ray and DVD were released on October 9th, 2012, and screened as part of a "Masterworks" screening (with "Richard III" and "Heaven's Gate") at the 50th New York Film Festival. Originally subtitled, "The intended Cut", the name was changed to "The Director's Cut", when Oz began to support the release. See more »
Not as great as the original Corman version, but original in its own way
I am usually not a big fan of musicals turned into film (except in the case of films like "Fame" or Busby Berkeley films), but "Little Shop of Horrors" surprised me. I rushed right out and bought the soundtrack! The music is excellent, very tongue-in-cheek, great lyrics, music reminiscent of the 50s (the female chorus members are named after girl groups: Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon), and just fun to listen to.
The ensemble cast is one of the best in recent history. Everybody in the film acts in a role tailor-made for them! Rick Moranis as a geek, Ellen Greene as a bubbly blonde, Steve Martin as a cool biker dentist, Bill Murray as a giggling masochist, Vincent Gardenia as a slob flower shop owner, etc.
Fans of the original Corman film will be deeply disappointed. Gone is all and any dark humor from that film. I deeply miss the scene where Seymour considers getting a hooker to feed to Audrey II (Seymour: "You're too bony?" Hooker: "Bony? [exposes torso] What do you think this is? Chopped liver?")! But all that is missing is replaced by fun musical numbers, sleazy sets, and a much better Audrey II plant. The musical version ended with Audrey being eaten and Seymour sacrificing himself to the plant, but the movie's ending is made to be happier...sort of...
Recommended for everyone, even those who aren't fans of musicals!
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