“ Genre: Musicals & Classical / Theatrical Release: 1986 / Director: Frank Oz / Actors: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene ... / DVD released 26 May, 2003 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
Please note: there are two versions of this film. There is a 1960's black and white version, which I have not seen to compare, and this, the 1986 musical. With all my husbands jokes about our insects and carnivorous plants turning our home into a cross between the Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs, we just had to try the film. I had never seen this before, nor had the children. I paid £1.26 for this including postage from Amazon Marketplace.
It all begins with total solar eclipse, and very unique plant which appears immediately afterwards in a market type stall with a mysterious Chinese plant vendor. Something about this reminded me of Gremlins, and I believe the connection was intentional. The plant is purchased by Seymour Krelborn, a timid and bullied employee of Mushnik's flower shop. The owner has taken Seymour from an orphanage at a young age, but treats him as an indentured servant rather than an adopted son. Seymour is madly in love with the shops sales assistant Audrey, but she is dating a sadist. The rare plant, which Seymour has named Audrey 2 brings success to the failing flower shop, and a chance at fame, but at a price.
The plant resembling a giant Venus flytrap, requires food, but not plant food. It needs human blood. Seymour feeds it by cutting his fingers, but it is getting larger and larger and needs more food. Now it wants human flesh and blood, and a lot of it. The plant, which can now speak- and sing suggests a particularly loathsome individual, promising Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for this small favour, singing that the intended victim has it coming and looks like plant food to it.
This is a musical, set in 1960's New York City. All of the action takes place indoors or on a small set, which is quite well done as skid row, giving the film the feel of a Broadway musical, which is again, almost certainly intentional as this was based on an off Broadway musical stage production. I found the set perfectly created and it really did add to the feel of the film, as did the costumes, and passing by skid row characters. There is a real story in this, about believing in yourself and standing up for yourself somewhere in between the songs and jokes, but this is primarily a comedy. The characters are all caricatures of real life, with extreme personality traits. This is meant to be realistic it meant to be a good joke. Audrey 2 however is very lifelike and wonderfully animated.
The songs are actually very good. I liked 'Skid Row' at the beginning which is performed by a woman with an incredible voice. The children loved 'Feed Me' and Mean Green Mother From Outer Space. This did make both my husband I think of Grease, but we both liked this far more. Neither of us would normally watch musicals, but this was a brilliant family film. Both of my boys, ages 4 and 8 sat glued to the telly for the entire film. They absolutely loved this, and would very much like little Audrey 2's of their own. The plant is meant to be scary but it so cute it's hard to find it frightening.
There is a limited amount of bad language in this film. My children absolutely loved this part, bursting into laughter, but if you afraid of children picking up bad language from films you might want to avoid this. We live in Belfast - it isn't like my children don't hear this on a regular basis so I wasn't worried. They know they aren't allowed to use the words themselves but it did add a delightful amount of naughtiness to the film for them.
I realise at this point you are probably wondering about my title. True, the plant isn't really frightening but there is another monster in this film. One so terrifying it will send chills through the bravest of viewers and literally had both my husband and I with our nerves on edge. Even thinking of it now sends a sense of terror deep into my bones. What is this fearsome creature from the gates of hell? The dentist. Steve Martin plays a sadistic dentist who grew up torturing animals and delighting in pain. His mother suggests the perfect career for him, where people will pay him to inflict pain - dentistry. There is a musical number showing off instruments of torture with the whizzing sound of the drill and a brutal tooth extraction which is absolutely terrifying - and perhaps a bit to frightening for innocent children.... or me.
A must-see musical!
genre: romance, comedy, horror, musical
release date :1986
director: Frank Oz
Seymour Kelbourn is a flourist who works on Skid Row along side his other two cilents Mr Mushnik and Audrey. They make no money and work long hours from nine in the morning till six in the evening, until one day Seymour discovers a plant and calls it 'Audrey II' and places it in the shop window hoping someone will come a visit the shop. Mushnik thinks this is a bad idea, until one customer comes in asks where Seymour got it from, then another customer comes, then another and another then hundred of customers. Over time the plant gets bigger and bigger then twice as big! But there is a dark secret about this plant... Audrey II isn't just any ordinary plant. Something evil is lurking... this horror comedy romantic musical comes to life with songs including: Skid Row, mean green plant, dentist, the meek shall inherit, grow for me and many more!
Seymour Kelbourn - Rick Morranis
Audrey - Ellen Greene
Mr Mushnik - Vincent Gardenia
Orin - Steve Martin
also cameo apperances from: John Candy, James Belushi and Bill Murray.
I remember watching Little Shop of Horrors many years ago not long after it was released in fact in 1987 and since then picked up the DVD for under £3 which is good. I've seen Rick Moranis in a few movies and this isn't a bad one at all in my opinion.
Rick Moranis plays Seymour Krelborn, who is a bit of a nerd and misfit. He works as an assistant in a flower shop. He holds a torch for the store cashier, Audrey played by Ellen Green. However, she doesn't seem to reciprocate his feelings towards her. She is still pursuing a relationship with her boyfriend played by Steve Martin who is not that nice at all.
However, the fortunes of Seymour change somewhat when he buys a strange new plant from a Chinese man. It looks like some kind of Venus flytrap. It begins to boost sales in the shop as passers by come in and look at the interesting plant and buy flowers. The owner of the shop is keen on boosting profits so ensures that Seymour tend to it and keep it healthy.
While feeding the plant Seymour pricks his finger and discovers that the plant's favourite food is human blood! He names the plant Audrey II after his true love and it starts to grow and thrive, perhaps too much as it develops a personality of it's own. Soon enough the desire for blood becomes overpowering as does the plant.
I really enjoyed this movie and have done every time I've seen it. I think it's entertaining even if a story about a man-eating plant is a little silly to say the least! It's great fun though and one to watch if you've never seen it before.
Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 musical movie starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and John Candy (amongst others! See if you can spot ; Jay from 'My Wife and Kids' and Chris' mom from 'Everybody Hates Chris' as two of the sassy background singers!)
The film is about Seymore, a nerdy guy who works in a plant shop alongside Audrey, a gangsters moll-type girl with a heart of gold who he's smitten with, but who only seems to go for the 'bad guys'. Business is poor and their boss is about to close down the store when Audrey tells Seymore to bring out his new plant - which he's named Audrey 2 - to see if they can attract customers with it.
Once in the window the Venus Flytrap-looking plant does indeed attract customers who go on to buy lots of flowers, plants etc. lining the pockets of the store owner and eventually making Seymore famous. The problem is, it gets hungry. And all it will eat is blood - human blood. Oh, by the way - it talks.
The film, from then on, follows Seymore as he struggles to feed Audrey 2 and then realises he won't be able to keep it up forever...
Steve Martin turns in a stellar performance as The Dentist. One of the most memorable parts of the film is him dressed as a dentist singing about his sadistic love of torture - I'm unsure what a real dentist would think of it, but it seems pretty accurate to me.
Rick Moranis, as usual, plays the nerdy guy perfectly.
Ellen Greene plays Audrey well with a charming ditzyness that makes you love the character.
It's easy to see why this film has become a cult classic!
Overall, this is a film I can watch time and again without getting bored of it. It's a visual and audio treat full of famous faces - what else can you ask for?
** The Plot **
Little Shop of Horrors is a musical film adaptation of the off Broadway musical comedy of the same name.
The film is about a nerdy orphan florist shop worker by the name of Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis). Seymour has a crush on his fellow co-worker, Audrey Fulquard (Ellen Greene), but she is dating a very odd and sadistic dentist by the name of Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (Steve Martin). The flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) is not doing well at all, and he threatens to close the shop forever.
Audrey reminds Mr Mushnik that Seymour loves exotic and unusual plants and that he recently came across one during a total eclipse of the sun. Seymour has called the plant Audrey II and puts it in the window, which immediately draws customers to enter the shop and spend lots of money.
Unfortunately, Audrey II begins to wilt and Seymour frantically tries to find out what is wrong. He accidentally cuts his finger, and Audrey II picks up. Seymour realises its blood Audrey II needs and so begins feeding it. It gets bigger and bigger until it is bigger than a person.
Eventually, the now-huge Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops) begins to talk to Seymour, demanding more blood than Seymour can give, while offering more fame and fortune in return. He convinces Seymour to kill Orin after Seymour becomes enraged watching him hit Audrey. Seymour books an appointment with Orin and arms himself with a gun - although he cannot bring himself to actually use it. However Orin manages to overdose on nitrous oxide gas that he constently takes.
Seymour takes the dentist's body back to the flower shop where he uses an axe to chop it up for Audrey II. Mr. Mushnik passes by the flower shop and witnesses Seymour's actions, fleeing in fear without being noticed. Seymour feeds the body parts to the plant and he continues to grow larger as the film progresses.
Will Audrey II's appetite ever be filled, will Seymour & original Audrey ever be together... you will have to watch to find out!
** My Opinion **
I started writing this review last week, and all of a sudden there on Living TV was this very film, so I settled down to watch it again.
It's a brilliant musical comedy that is quite dark in places, but brilliant at the same time.
The songs are very catchy and the characters are almost cartoon like, especially Audrey, who is fantastic, if a tad annoying at times!
The characters, as I have said, are quite cartoon like, with the nerdy shop assistant and the stunningly beautiful blonde bimbo.
The plant itself is brilliant, given that the film was made in 1987 I think, and no real animation was done, its an actual "prop" for want of a better word. Its quite scary but not as scary as one of the other characters, when I first watched this film when I was younger the dentist played by Steve Martin absolutely terrorfied me as I was convinced every dentist was the same as him, loved to cause pain to their patients!
All in all this is a great, fun, family (ish) film that I highly recommend for all to watch and sing along to.
The first time I saw this I was nearing the end of my school years, and my dad was musical director for a stage production of it. I got carried away with the music and drawn in, and so asked him to show me the film version of it.
Little Shop Of Horrors was directed by Frank Oz, and features the arrival of a strange and interesting new plant in the failing Skid Row flower shop owned and run by Mushnik. His two employees are the geeky and friendless Seymour and the blonde bimbo Audrey. Other characters emerge as the film progresses, but the main protagonist to these two is the plant, named Audrey II by Seymour.
The plant's arrival, just when it seemed they would have to close the shop, sparks new interest in the shop. Initially a tiny little thing, Seymour nurtures it until one day he finds that in order for the plant to grow, there is one thing it needs to be feed more than anything else: blood!
What makes this film work is the timing of the music. It is a musical comedy, and as such the musicality must be an attractive prospect. The plot itself is brilliant, and does a lot of the storytelling, but the music fills in the time gaps with ease. The upbeat tempo and feel good key changes mask a downtrodden area of the city where they are, and the fact that life is always miserable is in complete contrast to these songs. The three 'backing singers', Ronette, Crystal and Chiffon are like the storytellers, and they also double as three girls who hang out on the street.
Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene play Seymour and Audrey. Moranis has a surprisingly good voice, it's nothign special but it fits this character perfectly. In contrast, Greene's singing capabilities are excellent, with her top notes being superb. Great to see singing duets. While we're on the subject of the music, the dark and twisted songs (still uptempo and foot-tappable though) that feature the Audrey II in adult form are aided by the brilliant voice of The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs, who provides the voice of Audrey II. He and Moranis very well together.
This film is also cameo city, with Christopoher Guest, James Belushi, John Candy and Bill Murray all having very brief but entertaining roles, while Steve Martin as the sadist dentist boyfriend of Audrey is fabulous. His singing talent isn't particularly impressive, but I don't think it's supposed to be. He is a violent character who is in it for a while, impressing with his performance and owning the screen, no matter who else is on it.
Slightly lesser known is Vincent Gardenia, who does really well as Mushnik. His greed once the money starts rolling inafter Audrey II's arrival is a key part of the film, and is well done. He holds a lot of the scenes in the flower shop together, having the most lines compared to others while this is the setting. A good job.
The music continues its up tempo nature, and uses its surroundings well. The storytelling is often the backdrop for the music, or vice versa, in musical comedy, but here I felt it balanced nicely, tying everything in well and being completely relevant, a sort of 50:50 relationship. As such, the story continued throughout whether it was song, spoken word or silence, and the work was fabulous all round.
I loved watching this again this afternoon. I have seen it a number of times now, and it still pleases me every time it's on. Very catchy, it's one I highly recommend to anyone who likes musicals or a good plot. It has it all, for me. The DVD is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £2.98. It's a steal!
Today I was at my parents house after a tough day of shopping and little shop of horrors was on the TV. Now I haven't watched this film for yours so me, my Mom and my Sister sat and watched the whole thing and we loved it all over again. Here is why I think it is a fabulous film but a lot darker than I remember and I am not sure it should be a PG.
The story of the film revolves around a small flower shop called Mushniks. Mushniks is run by Mr Mushnik with his 2 helpers, the hopeless Seymour and the ditzy Audrey. The flower shop does not do too well and they are usuallyextremely overstaffed. They also live in Skidrow which is a down and out community and Seymour and Audrey both dream of getting out of there.
When Seymour finds an unusual looking plant he brings it to the shop and finds out some startling things about it such as the plant likes a diet of blood and also every time he eats, he gets a lot bigger until Seymour starts to think the plant is controlling him a little now.
This story is amazing and although nowadays we get a lot more quite strange and wacky storylines, if you think this film was made in 1986 the story is quite adventurous. It is fabulous and the second the film starts you are taken into the tone of the story which is atmospheric and although slightly depressing, you also get the hope and the need to succeed somehow from the characters which is lovely.
This story is a musical story so a lot of it is told through song which is great. I think the second you see the plant you fall in love with it as it is so small and cute. Then when it gets a bit bigger, I think it is a little bit frightening and although you can maybe predict the way the story goes, I think you still have a lot of fun with it. The film grabs your attention from beginning to end and you end the film feeling like you have had a lot of fun as it is a fun film.
I should tell you a little about the music as it is brilliant and we find ourselves singing the songs after it has finished. Some of them are quite serious like Skidrow which gives you an insight into how everybody sees the place. Then you have fun songs such as Feed Me where the plant really wants a bit of food. Then you get some just crazy songs like Dentist which is just mad. They are all fantastic though and the words all mean something to the film.
The next thing I will tell you about is the effects as some of them are fantastic. Considering it was 1986 the plant looks amazing and you cannot fault any of the movements or the way that anything in the film looks. There are a few things that look dated but not many such as background scenes look a bit fake but you expect it so it doesn't bother me at all.
The characters in this film are amazing and all of the actors are perfectly chosen to play them well. Rick Moranis plays the quiet Seymour and he is wonderful. He plays him as a bit of a down and out but somebody who you instantly empathise with and want him to do well. The other main character is Audrey who is played by Ellen Greene. She is a very ditzy character but Ellen has some fun with her as sometimes ditzy blonde characters can get annoying but even through the extremely high voice, Audrey is amazing and you look for her in the film.
There are so many other characters that are great including the plant who is voiced by Levi Stubbs and you will laugh at him so much as some of the lines the plant gets such as 'tough titty' is hilarious. Then you have guest star appearances by John Candy, Bill Murray, Steve Martin and James Belushi so loads. It is a great cast!!!
My only thing with this film as it is classed as a PG. I would definitely think and give it a watch before letting younger children watch this as there are a few swear words and some disturbing themes in the film as you can imagine. It would have been better classed as a 12 in my opinion. I have warned you.
In conclusion I think this film is amazing and I recommend to everybody. It is a great story with a funny but disturbing theme and I think the actors have done an amazing job with the characters. It is a musical that I think most people will love and actually enjoy so give it a go. You can buy it for just £3 everywhere now so it is worth it!
Thanks for reading.
Little Shop of Horrors is my favriote musical in the world. It is the story of Seymore Krelboin who is a poor pennyless shop assistant in a failing shop in skid row. His luck changes when he discovers a new breed of plant which brings in customers, however the plant (Audrey II) survives on blood. As the story grows so does the plant and it begins to talk! It tell Seymore that it needs more blood, which means Seymore is forced to kill the bike riding obnoxious boyfriend of the other shop assistant Audrey. Eventually after a few deaths Seymore decides that he does not want to feed the plant anymore and plans to run away with Audrey... If the plant will let him?
This musical is adapted from a stage show, which was taken from an earlier film staring, Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Jack Nicholson.
This is a fantastic musical with some really well written and funny songs. The cast is star studded with Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and the voice of Levi Stubbs.
If your a fan of musicals this is the best one out there.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Little Shop Of Horrors has become a cult movie, a little like Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it started back in 1960 as a very low budget B movie which took Roger Carman only two days to produce and starred a very young Jack Nicholson as a masochistic patient at the dentists.
It was in 1982 that Alan Menken and Howard Ashman got together and transformed the cult movie into a stage show. Keeping the humour of the show Menken wrote the music for it keeping it in the style of the late 50's and the early 60's. The zany lyrics were created by Howard Ashman who sadly passed away at the young age of 40 in 1992 whilst working on the Disney classic Aladdin, such a loss to the music industry.
Well over 2,000 stage performances later in 1984 the musicals producer David Geffen started to move forward in the making of the musical movie which opened in New York on 19th December 1986 at an estimated cost of $30 million to make; which is a long way from the original movie which cost a mere $30,000 to produce.
~~ The Movie ~~
The first picture you see is a swirling screen which makes you think of outer space, a comical voice over suggests a 'terrifying enemy' and we cut to the rundown neighbourhood on a rainy day and Mushnik's Flower Shop, with our three resident singers introducing us to the story through song.
Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon help pull the musical together throughout the film, in the words of the director Frank Oz , without them it is just a story, but with them it is a story with style.
The song finishes and we enter the flower shop and into the basement we see Seymour, the camera then moves upstairs into the shop, Audrey comes into work late sporting a black eye that her boyfriend has given her. Poor Seymour notices but asks if it is new make-up. After a little while Mushnik the shop owner looks at the empty till and declares that he will close the shop doors for good. At this Audrey announces that Seymour has a plan to bring in move business. She tells Seymour to go downstairs and bring up 'that strange and interesting new plant' you have been working on. Their idea is to put it on display in the shop window, to encourage people into the shop. Seymour returns with the plant and puts it in the window, whilst discussing this with the skeptical shop owner, a customer comes in and does one of the corniest lines in the movie he says 'what is that strange and interesting plants in the window'. Whilst he is there he buys some flowers and suddenly business is booming as people flock from everywhere to see the strange and interesting looking plant.
Seymour has named the plant Audrey II after his secret love Audrey the shop assistant. One day amidst all the new custom Audrey II starts to droop and Seymour is beside himself talking to her and asking her to grow for him; as he is doing this he accidentally pricks his finger causing it to bleed. Audrey II starts to make a sucking sound every time his finger comes close, the penny finally drops as Seymour realizes that its his blood the plant wants and he starts squeezing a few drops of blood from his cut finger into the plants mouth.
Things are really looking up for the shop and for Seymour as he appears on a radio show, with a guest appearance by John Candy as the DJ. We cut from Seymour to Audrey who is not having such a good-time with her sadistic dentist boyfriend. Audrey starts singing and dreaming of a better life with Seymour.
The story progresses and we get to meet the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in a comical scene as the leather clad dentist sings his way through scaring patients. It then cuts back to Seymour with Audrey II, he is talking to the plant saying how Audrey deserves a better life, when Audrey II speaks to him saying 'feed me (git it)'. Realising what the plant needs Seymour had to take drastic action.
The camera moves on to the Dental surgery where our sadistic dentist meets the masochistic patient played by Bill Murray (there are some very funny moments as these two adlib there way through the scene, bouncing off each other). Seymour enters and pulls a gun on the dentist, who accidentally kills himself on the laughing gas. Seymour grabs his body and takes it back to the flower shop to cut up and feed to Audrey II.
The story continues form here, but I don't want to reveal it all to you and spoil your fun. So will Audrey and Seymour get it together? Will Seymour continue a killing spree to keep Audrey II alive? Well if you want to know the answers you will have to watch the movie to find out.
~~ Songs ~~
Prologue (Little Shop Of Horrors) - sung by Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon, the three girls that sing the narration on and off throughout the movie. Here they introduce us to the little shop of horrors in a style very similar to the Supremes.
Skid Row (Downtown) - this is a big production number, but the main singers are the 3 girls, joined by Seymour and Audrey; they are all telling us how hard it is to get off skid row.
Da-Doo - this one really does remind me of the 60's (yes I know they were all done in that genre); but for some reason this one stands out in that style more than the others. It is a song where Seymour tells us of how he came to own Audrey II.
Grow for me - Seymore is begging Audrey II to grow for him; it has been kept in the same style and era of music as the others; it reminds me a bit of Beauty School Drop Out from the movie Grease just from the way it was sung rather than the wording.
Somewhere That's Green - Audrey is daydreaming of a better life with Seymour, complete with animation as a little bluebird flutters onto her hand. You even get a mini Audrey and mini Seymour as there children.
Some Fun Now - our three girls are here again this time they are on the roof singing; this one is done in a calypso Latin American style linking us to another part of the story.
Dentist - Steve Martin does a comical song about how good it is to be a 'sadistic' dentist.
Feed me (git it) - Audrey II sings in a raspy voice to get Seymour to feed her. It sounds very much like soul music.
Suddenly Seymour - a lovely duet between Seymour and Audrey, which even now a week after watching the film, I can hear them in my mind, when I think of the song. They do a reprise of this later in the film as well.
Suppertime - Audrey II singing about being fed, this is done in a ballad style.
The Meek Shall Inherit - as Audrey II grows, Seymour comes more into the limelight; how is he coping with it?
Mean Green Mother From Outer Space - my favourite track from the film, it is lively, with a slightly rock feel to it, a fun number. Whenever I think of the film it is this track that comes to mind.
~~ Cast ~~
Seymour Krelborn - the producer David Greffin picked Rick Moranis to play the nerdy Seymour after he appeared as a similar character in the smash hit Ghostbusters. I do feel he made a great choice as Rick can portray a gormless idiot type very well.
Audrey - was portrayed by Ellen Greene, who seemed like the natural choice as she had already been playing Audrey in the Broadway musical.
Mr. Mushnik - Vincent Gardenia made a good job as a father figure to Seymour who was an orphan, by giving him a roof over his head and chores to do in the flower shop he owned.
Orin Scrivello, D.D.S - the sadist dentist played by Steve Martin, who decided to play the part in an Elvis Presley style including Elvis's obsession with his mother. I thought he bought the mad, zany character to life.
Bill Murray - does a superb guest spot as the masochistic patient. He and Martin were given cart blanche to their respective parts and over all the came up with 32 variations for the director to choose from.
James Belushi - did a cameo appearance as Patrick Martin as he tried to get Seymour to sign a contract.
John Candy - did his guest appearance as the zany DJ Wink Wilkinson.
Christopher Guest - has the cameo part as the first customer.
The three singers were Tichina Arnold as Crystal, Michelle Weeks as Ronette and Tisha Campbell as Chiffon.
Finally Audrey II whose voice was created by Levi Stubbs (from the Four Tops). The plant was built in seven different sizes and they used approx 15,000 handmade leaves, 2000 ft of vine and 11 miles of cable to create them. At its biggest it reached a massive 15ft tall and needed 60 people to operate it.
~~ Extras ~~
Scene selections - there are 20 scenes to choose from, just click on the picture of the scene you wish to view and it pops up.
Languages - only three of these are available, French , English and Italian.
Sub-titles - there is a choice of seven.
~~ Special Features ~~
Cast & Crew - I was a little disappointed when I clicked on this link as all it gave us was a list of credits.
Alien encounters - an audio commentary by the director Frank Oz, talking over the whole film running you through the effects they wanted to create and how they went about achieving them. This is a great help to film buffs, potential film makers and directors out there.
Alternate Music - this is once again the whole movie; but his time you have no speech, whatsoever, it is the background music and songs only; once again great for those that want to hear the music only and for people that are looking for a career in this area of the movie making business.
Outtakes and Deleted Scenes - there are some funny moments on here and the whole thing only lasts approx 8.5 minutes.
Behind the Scenes Documentary - hear how it all started as a joke about a boy, a girl and a plant in 1960. You will also get to see some scenes from the original Black and White film and see a very young Jack Nicholson.
The Musical -is a documentary, which lasts around 23 minutes with interviews with various people that had connections with the movie including the actors, director, producer and designers. You also get to see how Audrey II was created and worked. I found this very interesting especially seeing the mechanics of Audrey II in action.
T.V. Spots - this is two 30 second trailers with poor sound quality, one called 'fearless hero' and the other called 'cast'.
Theatrical Trailers - like the above this is two advertising trailers for the movie, only this time they are for the theatre so sound quality was a lot better and they both lasted approx 2 minutes each.
~~ Trivia ~~
Little Shop of Horrors was filmed at Pinewood Studios, just outside London, where they created New York's Skid Row, complete with fire hydrants, cars and trash cans which they had to have flown over from the United States.
There were four songs cut from the original stage show of the musical and two more added. The two added were Some Fun Now and Mean Green Mother From Outer Space.
To get the plant and Seymour to sing together they had to film Audrey II singing at 16 frames a second then speed it up and Rick had to sing in slow motion, so that the two appeared to be singing in unison on the screen.
The ending to the musical movie is totally different to the smash Broadway hit, what worked on stage did not work on the big screen. Sorry, I can't give you the difference as it would spoil the movie for you.
~~ Conclusion ~~
This is a film that grew on me and I became a fan of it, I am on my own in our household, even my daughter who has similar tastes in cult musicals and is usually on my side, didn't really go for this one; oh well, never mind.
If you have a madcap sense of humor, like daft films and of course like musicals and music from the 50's and 60's then you will love this film, but if you don't fit into all those categories then you should give it a miss. I like the film, but I'm not obsessed with it like some cult followers. I would watch it again and again, but possibly with a few years between each watching.
I will leave it up to you for the decision of viewing, thanks for reading.
This here is one of the best musical films I have ever seen. Based on a play (which itself was based on a non-musical version of the film), this film gives you fantastic music, great acting (with a whole host of famous actors taking part) and a talking, singing, human eating plant from outer space.
The film starts the 'little shop of horrors' song on skid row. While the three singers (one of which now plays the wife in my wife and kids) the scene is being set. Other songs in the film include: the Prologue, Downtown, Grow for Me, Ya Never Know, Somewhere That's Green, Dentist!, Feed Me (Git It), Suddenly Seymour, Some Fun Now, Mean Green Mother From Outer Space etc etc etc! They all fantastic!
The story goes like this: The music shop isn't doing business, and Mushnik is about to shut it down, but shop assistant Audrey persuades Seymour to put his 'new and interesting plant' in the shop window and what do you know?! suddenly they are in business. Little do they know that this plant feeds on human blood and as it gets bigger Seymour gets weaker and weaker as he continues to feed it. As his fame grows Seymour feels obliged to look after the plant as its his only way of winning over Audrey. So he kills Audreys maniac boyfriend (The dentist) and feeds it to the plant. Then to Seymours shock, the plant tried to eat Audrey, there is a showdown between the plant and Seymour and Seymour and Audrey move into a lovely house far away from skid row. And they live happily ever after (or do they?)
The cast are fantastic. Put simply, this is the perfect cast. Rick Moranis and Ellen Green make for the archetypal Seymour and Audrey. Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon excel in the Prologue and all other numbers they appear in, getting the movie up and running and the audience energisedfrom the begining, while Steve Martin is the only actor to who could have perfected the role of the sadistic biker dentist. Levi Stubbs makes an appearance as the voice of Audrey II (the plant) - he's quite simply the best yet, no discussion about it.
This is a fantastic film with a wierd but funny storyline and a great cast. I'd advise youto give it a go. cos its fab :
Have you ever had nightmares about your houseplants? This movie could do it, if you can stop laughing long enough to fall asleep. Recently, a few friends of mine and I took this movie off the shelf, dusted it off and decided for another viewing, having not seen it for a while. This 1986 remake of an earlier classic is rare in that I think it is better than the original. The combination of musical and farcical comedy is very entertaining. The movie takes place on skid row of any big town. An orphan, Seymour Krelboin, who was taken in by a florist, finds a strange plant and begins trying to nurse it back to health. If only he knew what it ate. When he learns of the strange appetite of the pod, he should have let it die. But when the plant brings in business and fame, he doesn’t know what to do. Go back to being a nobody with no money or do you feed the plant? Directed by Frank Oz, this movie has a number of stars, such as Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelboin. Moranis delivers a very surprising performance with a powerful voice that is an unexpected delight. Ellen Greene stars as Audrey, portraying beauty, sex appeal and an odd sense of purity in a bleak world of poverty. Her voice is also a surprise in a role she is well suited for. Steve Martin does an excellent role of a demented dentist, reminding me of just how sick, twisted and funny he can be. There are also many other names that have appearances in this movie, such as John Candy, James Belushi, Bill Murray and the voice of Levi Stubbs. Even Danny John-Jules has a small part, if you can find him. The music is excellent from start to finish. With lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, you find yourself humming and singing the songs long after the movie is over. Which may get you some strange looks from the people around you, since many of the lyrics are about feeding the plant. However, don’t let that deter you from belting out these great songs. Eventually, you will find
someone else who has seen and loved the movie. And let me tell you, they will so appreciate you reminding them about the movie and getting the songs stuck in their head once again. Also, passing the songs on to someone else may be the only way to get them out of your own head. While this movie is not particularly violent or bloody, the content may not be suitable for some younger children. I would say that age 7 and up it would be fine for, unless you have a particularly fearful child who has a low tolerance for scary stuff. Much of it is very funny, however there are some sexual under tones to the movie also. But it is very mild and the cursing is at a minimum, which is refreshing these days when most movies (even the kid’s movies) seem to have so many four letter words. With more laughter than thrills and chills, I find it hard to take this musical as a horror film. But it is one of our all time favorites when it comes to family fun. With a great line up of laughs and music, we have a great time popping some pop corn, sitting back and watching this movie time and time again. But be warned, this movie might make you look at your house plants in a whole new way.
No matter how many times I watch this film I never get tired of it... in fact it almost improves with every viewing. I pratically know the entire script and will sing along to all the songs. The first time I saw any of this film when I was about 7 or 8, i sneaked downstairs way past my bed time and I saw Ellen Greene in the most gorgeous dress singing "somewhere that's green" I instantly fell in love with the film. I didn't watch the full film until a few years later in life but it was worth the wait. When I saw the film fully for the first time I again fell in love with Ellen Greene who plays "Audrey" in the film...Audrey was everything I wanted to be and had the most amazing and distinct voice and her outfits were something else. Her boyfriend Orin is obviously the bad guy, and is played extremely well by Steve Martin. "Dentist" is a sadistic yet classic song that is still being sung around my college today!!. Song list... Prologue (little shop of horrors) With an introduction as good as this you know the film is gonna be a hit. With a slight hint of star wars in the begining you a are introduced to a wonderful story. Skid Row Catchy and poetic this song illustrate the depression and frustration of the community. Da-Doo A quirky and fun song, got me singing it for days!!! :) Grow for me This is where we learn of Audrey II's fascination with human blood. Dentist! With slightly black humour this song is not one to be taken seriously :) Somewhere that is green Solo for Audrey, the reason i fell in love with the film :) Feed Me A plant with an attitide (what more can i say) Suddenly Seymore Your classic love song, Duet between Audrey (Ellen Greene) and Seymore (Rick Morranis) brings a tear to my eye. Suppertime A song to put you on the edge of your seat. I am sorry I have not put in anymore detail for you, but it
is really a film that I highly recommend to you :) Little Shop of Horror has everything that a good film should. I mean what else do you need when you have blood-thirsty man-eating plant with an attitude, a sadistic dentist and two young and innocent flower shop employees?
Not many people may be aware that there is in fact an ‘original’ version of ‘The Little Shop Of Horrors’. I only became aware of its existence a few years ago now, and I have since got hold of a copy of the DVD. Many of you I’m sure will have seen or at least heard of the 1986 Musical starring Rick Morannis and Steve Martin. Watching the original makes for an interesting experience as we can see how the characters were carried over to the newer remake. This film has something of a dubious claim to fame, legend has it that the film was shot over the course of a weekend, with the score being provided courtesy of a different film entirely! It also features a VERY young Jack Nicholson (who steals the show incidentally, but more of that later). Little Shop Of Horrors introduces us to Seymour Krelboined (played here by Jonathan Haze, in the remake of course he would later be played by Rick Morannis). Seymour is one of life’s losers, a real klutz who’s always been a bit of a sad pitiful character. Seymour works at the local flower shop, ‘Mushnicks’ on Skid Row. The inhabitants of Skid Row are a strange lot, money is a rare commodity and times are hard at the flower shop. In an attempt to boost trade Seymour brings his own plant creation to the store, the plant being a Venus Fly Trap variant with one big difference – instead of being happy with flies for food it prefers something a little more substantial, it would rather eat people! Soon trade is up, but the population down. Now, as I’ve mentioned this film was filmed with a tight time limit and even tighter budget – this film for me was more of a ‘curiosity’ than anything else. Comparing it to the remake we can see how the characters of the remake were very much still based around their original counterparts, Seymour is still a loser, the flower shop owner, Gravis Mushnick is still a guy o
n the look-out for the next money making opportunity and the plant ‘Audrey Junior’ is still as hungry as ever. When first released in 1961 it was billed as being ‘The funniest picture this year’. After reading that I was expecting a laugh out loud riot, but the humour is much more gentler than that, rather than relying on gags being told it’s more the characterisations I found humorous – such as the police detectives, or the guy who eats nothing but flowers. Now, as I’ve already mentioned, Jack Nicholson is in the film. Nicholson plays an undertaker ‘Wilbur Force’ who is somewhat addicted to pain. When visiting the dentist he ends up being treated by Seymour – obviously Seymour has no idea about what to do and so causes Wilbur as much pain as you could imagine. Those of you who have seen the remake of this film may remember this role being played by Bill Murray! Nicholson really stands out from the rest of the cast and at that early age it was clear he was an actor going places. So, what of the disc itself? The picture transfer is excellent when you consider the age of the print, the sound (mono) isn’t spectacular but it gets the job done with clear dialogue throughout. The only other extras (apart from scene selection) are a trivia section about the movie and a brief synopsis of what the film is about. This is probably a bit redundant however as many people are already aware about what the story is. The trivia section explains how the film was shot in a short space of time (as the set was first used for another production that was due to be demolished). It also tells us to keep an eye out for Jack Nicholson too. So, is this film worth adding to your collection? In all honesty it’s a film you’ll either love or hate. It isn’t a laugh out loud riot, that’s for sure, more of a curiosity piece to compare to the remake.
I actually received my copy free from an on-line retailer as part of a promotion. Since then I have found other stores such as Amazon etc. asking up to £15 for it, which I think is a little steep, £5 would have been a more reasonable price in my opinion. The acting isn’t brilliant and the special effects are a bit dodgy, but I think that adds to the charm in a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of way. One to look out for in the bargain bin but not worth breaking the bank for then.
Before I start, let me clarify, the version of this film I am reviewing is the 1986 Musical version directed by Frank Oz. NOT the 1960 version with Jack Nickelson. I also got the region 1 version. If you can find a region 2 DVD (I find it hard to believe as I searched long and hard!) it may not have all features I mention. This is a story about a singing plant, a daring hero, a sweet girl and a demented dentist!!! With its outrageous 80s attitude, this musical would probably appeal to similar cult followings as The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The film follows the entertainment that ensues in a local flower shop on Skid Row - Mushnik's Flower Shop. Business is non-existent, but the shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) has been working on a very SPECIAL plant. Mr Mushnik agrees to display the flower in the window, and business booms. The plant resembles a venus fly trap, but this is no ordinary plant! The curious little plant is dying though, and Seymour doesn't understand why, until one day he cuts himself and the plant shows interest in his blood. This is the beginning of the insanity is the Little Shop of Horrors!!!!! A carnivorous plant that craves blood????? How can it get any funnier? How about a sadistic dentist who enjoys inflicting pain, and a patient that comes to that dentist to receive the pain! Many other surprises lie in store! I don't want to give away the whole film (in case somebody HASN'T seen it!). This film is based on the 1960's Roger Corman movie that was filmed in two days re-using sets from another movie. It boasts an all star cast (not sure if they were all stars then really!) including Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy and Bill Murray to name a few! With this list I guarantee it is a laugh a minute. The DVD transfer is fantastic, with little grain and no scratches or pops. The colour has been touched up by the look of it, especially compared to the v
ideo copy I have seen. The film is presented in ‘matted’ widescreen format, which preserves the original theatrical aspect, and is enhanced for widescreen TVs. The sound has been remastered to Dolby Digital 5.1 – ABSOLUTELY necessary for a musical hahaha! For fans of the film, or for anyone wanting to get a hold of it, I definitely recommend plucking up the cash for the DVD version. It has quite a few extra features (as DVDs should) including a full length commentary with Director Frank Oz, a 40 minute documentary 'behind the scenes' – which is excellent, with interviews with the producer and director, explaining how the idea was created, re-using the sets etc; the two original theatre trailers, 2 TV trailers (all very very funny) and all the outtakes and gags you could want!!! You can even run the film with music only – which is very weird to say the least hahaha :) LOVELY!
Seymour has a dead end job at an unsuccessful florist. His boss, also the person who adopted him, works him hard and he is in love with his co worker Audrey, who has a boyfriend who beats her up. One day Audrey suggests that Seymour brings up the strange he has, which he found after a total eclipse of the sun. This works wonders and soon the shop is full. But the new plant, Audrey 2, isn't so well. Seymour tries everything to norise it but is unsuccessful. Until he accidently pricks his finger and discovers that the plant feed in blood. Soon it is massive and the plant starts to talk. It tells Seymour to kill Audrey's abbusive boyfriend and feed it to him. Seymour agrees and the next day while chopping it up he is seen by his boss. The plant then eats him. Seymour is now successful and has his own tv show. He then decides to run away and marry Audrey and leave Audrey 2. He doesn't like this and tries to eat Audrey. Now Seymour has to kill him before its too late. This is my all time favourite musical. The somgs are catchy and the lyrics are good. The cast is excellent and so is the plot. This film is also hilrious and has cameos from people like John Candy and Bill Murray. This is't really scary as it is a PG but don't let it put you off. Watch it now!
The off-Broadway comedy-horror-musical hit that ran for years makes a successful transfer to film with a bevy of big-name cameos and two perfectly cast leads. Rick Moranis is the nebbish Seymour, who pines for flower-girl Audrey (Ellen Greene) while living in the basement of florist Mr Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia). Things start turning around for Seymour, though, after he buys a little plant during a solar eclipse, christens it Audrey II, and discovers that it likes to drink blood. Soon enough, though, Seymour finds out that Audrey II, now grown to epic proportions, is in actuality a "mean green mother from outer space" that is hell-bent on world domination. Based on the 1960 Roger Corman cheapie that featured a young Jack Nicholson, Little Shop boasts a hilarious, amazing score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who would go on to revitalise Disney's animation arm with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Greene, the lone holdover from the original cast, is a ravishing, goofy Audrey, whose awkward demeanour belies a voice that could knock Ethel Merman off her feet. She's ably matched by Moranis, whose lack of a singing voice is perfectly in sync with Seymour's nerdiness. And Levi Stubbs Jr of the Four Tops provides the low-down, nasty-minded voice of Audrey II; his rendition of the Oscar-nominated "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" is a showstopper. As for those celebrity cameos, Steve Martin's sadistic dentist is a masterful creation, as is Bill Murray's masochistic patient; John Candy, James Belushi, and Christopher Guest also pop up. And there was never a lovelier and funkier Greek chorus than the three Motown-fuelled girls (Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell) who appear throughout the film. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com