Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Horror, Musical


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


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5 August 2019 | ryan-10075
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| "Am I dreaming this?" "No, and you ain't in Kansas, neither."
First off I must say that I love this movie that was wonderfully directed by Frank Oz. Always have since the first time I saw it as a youngster. It is a remake of sorts to the 1960 Roger Corman film under the same title. But, this film is based on the play that was based on that film. This film is filled from beginning to end with great, super-catchy early 60s inspired songs that many of the main characters sing.

The plot is about a nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn (played to perfection by Rick Moranis) who seems to stumble across a new plant that he has growing in the basement of Mushnik's (Vincent Gardenia) where he also works and lives. He has called the plant Audrey II due to his affection for his coworker Audrey (great performance by Ellen Greene). Once he finds out though that it takes blood to feed his new plant he must soon find ways to feed the plant that has given Mushnik's a ton of business.

I must say that apart from the great songs, wonderful puppetry of the Audrey II plant is that the acting to me is top notch. No one gives a below par performance from Steve Martin as the super abusive, drug addicted dentist named Orin Scrivello (don't forget the DDS) who loves to inflict pain on people to Bill Murray who plays Arthur Denton who loves pain and wants Orin to give him a long, slow root canal. The whole time Murray is on screen I am laughing. Martin though in this film must play the worst human being he has ever played that I remember anyways. Martin sings "Dentist!" which might be the funniest song in the film. Audrey II is voiced by Levi Stubbs who sang with The Four Tops and really I think they made the perfect choice as he can really sing, but also really bring out the bad attitude that Audrey II has.

Also starring John Candy, Jim Belushi, Tisha Campbell and Christopher Guest.

So if you think you might like The Muppets Meet 60s B-Movie with 60s styled music with a blend of horror and sci-fi give it a try.

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Trivia

The Old Woman who begins the song "Skid Row (Downtown)" is Tony-nominated singer/actress/comedienne Bertice Reading. It's been erroneously reported that her voice is overdubbed by Michelle Weeks, who played Ronette and performed the verse for the alternate version on the soundtrack album. In fact, Bertice sang her part in the song live on the set. This was Bertice's final film appearance before her death in 1991.


Quotes

Narrator: 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 ...


Goofs

In one shot during the "Downtown" sequence, Audrey is obviously stepping off from a standing position on cue, although she's supposed to be continuing a walk down the sidewalk.


Crazy Credits

"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.


Alternate Versions

Around late December of 2012 or early January 2013, Deleted and alternate scenes popped up on the Internet. They claim to be from from "the only work print ever shown to preview audiences." These scenes include: -A slightly different prologue with no titles and a different narrator. (This narrator is the one used on the film's official soundtrack) -A deleted line from Audrey: "You don't meet nice boys when you live on Skid Row, Mr. Mushnik" -There are various alternate shots of people singing in "Skid Row (Downtown)" -There is an alternate shot of the 3 girls singing before "Grow for Me" -A shot of Wink Wilkerson during his shooting sound effects, he says "What a rotten shot" -An alternate orchestration and a few different "feeding" shots of "Some Fun Now" (Like the Prologue, this version, as opposed to the one in the movie is on the actual soundtrack of the film) -In the dentist's office before he dies, there's a shot of Orin laughing and yelling "Oh God!" over and over. (Also far in the background it almost sounds like someone's saying "Cut!") -Seymour feeding Orin to Audrey II is significantly longer, more violent, and has a different orchestration. There are more shots of Seymour chopping him up as well as a shot of Seymour feeding Orin's other leg and head to Audrey II. -"The Meek Shall Inherit" is in it's entirety. The Limo driver says "...and you're a meek little guy" in a deep voice, it's unclear as to whether or not he may be Levi Stubbs. The song is, once again, the same as on the official soundtrack. -There's an alternate scene with Seymour and Audrey where he talks about the plant and if she would still like him if he wasn't famous. It's pretty close to the stage version, except a gag near the end where they break out into "Suddenly Seymour" and then it abruptly stops. It was reused in the Theatrical Ending. -The original ending sequence where Audrey II takes over and rampages through New York in a B-Movie fashion is in color. It differs only slightly from the Blu-Ray "Directors Cut", mainly the end, it just cuts to black and says "THE END?!?"(An abbreviated cut of this version of "Don't Feed The Plants" is on the film's soundtrack)


Soundtracks

Somewhere That's Green
Written by
Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Ellen Greene

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Genres

Comedy | Horror | Musical | Romance | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,659,884 21 December 1986

Gross USA:

$38,982,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,983,045

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