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A Brilliant Send-Up of 50s Horror Films

  • Jan 4, 2013
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I straight-up adored this adaptation of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors".

I recently saw the director's cut which has a fairly interesting back story. When the original version was shown to test audiences back in the 1980s, they were horrified. As a result, the brilliantly satirical ending was cut and a wholly different version was shot. Years later, the color copies of the director's cut were lost in a fire and all that was left was a shoddy, black-and-white version. This recently released Blu-ray Director's Cut returned the original version of this film to all its glory. After seeing the intended finale, I was so frustrated at the public for missing the entire point of this film! Not only that, but just the idea that the production and technical feats it took to create the iconic monster scene at the end were almost lost forever makes me incredibly upset.

All the things I didn't love:
Ellen Greene who is a hold-over from the Broadway production but unfortunately, I found her voice distracting.

All the things I loved:
Rick Moranis who always plays the schmucky, awkward and endearing protagonist to a t.
Steve Martin who was a pleasure as Elvis II: The Dentist.
Bill Murray's cameo appearance!! I almost lost my shit when I saw my favorite Ghostbuster perched Indian style in Martin's reception area. One of the funniest scenes I've seen in a long time.
The plant and the technical proficiency behind the puppeteering
The entire conceit: from the ginormous and ludicrously repulsive plant to the over-the-top lyrics and the infectious songs culminating in every "Monster takes over New York" scene mashed into one. Everything but Ellen Greene.

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In this dark but goofy and thoroughly fun musical, shy Seymour and bubbly Audrey don't recognize the romance blooming between them, but they do recognize the money-making potential of Seymour's weird plant, discovered after a total eclipse of the sun. Soon money pours in and Seymour becomes a minor celebrity, but behind the glamour and fame lies a secret Seymour can?t reveal: this strange and unusual plant's favorite food is blood. As the plant grows taller and taller, its demands for food grow as well, and Seymour starts to suspect that the plant might have an agenda for world domination.
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