PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
After the 1998 DVD was recalled, there were plans to reissue the film with a color version of the original ending, but since it had never been finalized and was only assembled for various workprints, the footage was deemed lost. In 2011, a small restoration team tracked down referential production notes and the existing negatives (which had been scattered in Hollywood, Kansas and London vaults) and assembled "The Intended Cut" without the participation of director Frank Oz or Richard Conway, who'd directed the extravagant special FX finale. Oz was so elated that Conway's footage had been restored and completed that he approved of it being called a "Director's Cut," though this was in-name only. This edit was screened at the 50th annual New York Film Festival on September 29, 2012 and issued on DVD and Blu Ray on October 9. Fans have criticized the finale's redundant footage and excessive length, as well as the omission of Seymour's lengthy soliloquy from "The Meek Shall Inherit" and other deleted/alternate scenes that were featured in early workprints, which began surfacing online in December 2012.
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 ...
When Orin dies his right eyebrow twitches twice.
"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.
A 23 minute alternate ending, faithful to the original, stage ending, was originally shot. In it, Audrey and Seymour are eaten by Audrey II, and, after it becomes a worldwide sensation, the world is taken over by various Audrey IIs (à la a classic B-movie horror flick.) It featured miniature effects by Richard Conway, who worked nearly a year and spent about $5 million on the sequence of Audrey II's takeover, and two songs; a reprise of "Somewhere That's Green," in which Audrey, after being attacked by Audrey II, tells Seymour to feed her to the plant after she dies so she can always be with him, and "Don't Feed The Plants," in which an off-screen chorus warns the audience not to feed the plants, no matter what they offer you. Paul Dooley appears as Patrick Martin in this version. After two failed test screenings in San Jose and Los Angeles, in which the audiences rejected the ending, the theatrical, "happy" ending was shot, in which both Audrey and Seymour survive, and Audrey II is destroyed.
$3,659,884 (USA) (21 December 1986)
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