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Little Shop of Horrors
Don't feed the plants.
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.
Little Shop of Horrors is probably my favorite musical and this is coming from someone who doesn't like musicals (in general, there are always a few exceptions). My older sister was in a high school production so I remember a time where her taped performance and this movie were in constant rotation if she was in the living room, but surprisingly, her grumpy, mischievous and weird little sister didn't mind.
Last night I revisited the movie for the first time in many, many years and watching it on blu-ray was magnificent. The colors were brilliantly sharp and the director's cut is the movie that everyone should have been watching for all of these years. The original ending is a sight…
Viewed the director's Cut on Blu-ray
Ladies and gentlemen, If you consider yourself a musical fan and you haven't seen this movie, then you aren't a musical fan. It's just that simple. In my eyes at least, this is THE musical. Combining a fantastic story, wonderful and mesmerizing songs, perfect and charming characters, smooth and seamless pacing; It's all capped off with some of the best puppetry ever to grace the silver screen.
If you're looking for a roller-coaster of a good time, then look no further than Little Shop of Horrors.
The story follows Seymour, played by Rick Moranis, who is an employee in a local flower shop located in skidrow. The film takes an interesting turn as the…
The greatest remake ever.
The best Rick Moranis film there has been.
All other musicals pale into insignificance.
"This is between me and the vegetable." - Seymour
Frankly, I've never much cared for musicals. Well regarded classics such as The Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain don't give me the magical feeling that I think they do for a lot of others. The genre has never really resonated with me, and in all honestly I didn't think I would ever really gel with a musical. That mindset changed a little when I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show earlier this year. I didn't fall in love with it, but I appreciated the weird tone of it all. After watching Little Shop of Horrors, I am starting to think that maybe it is just the standard-fare of…
If anyone has seen the original 1960 Roger Corman’s B-movie, you will see a dramatic difference with the two. It is odd to think that inspiration for a musical came from a film about a rundown flower shop and a flesh eating plant. Here Muppet show puppeteer Frank Oz takes the director’s chair in turning the Broadway show into a wacky musical film. This one stars Ghostbuster’s Rick Moranis, Ellen Green and hilarious and bright cameos from John Candy, Bill Murray and Steve Martin. For cameo appearances in films this film nails it, it is great to see stars like Murray, and Martin put into the same film. It started as a 1982 Broadway musical that sprouted into this charming…
When I was very young, probably due to catching scenes from each in rotation on cable, I thought that this, Gremlins and Howard the Duck were one movie. What an amazing movie that was. I still love Little Shop of Horrors, a little less since I learned about its original ending (I'll have to pick up the Blu-ray one of these days), though I don't know that I ever would have guessed that the theatrical version's ending is a compromise if I hadn't found out elsewhere. The movie was shot at Pinewood Studios, and it feels like a link to Old Hollywood, with choreography and carefully staged tableaux, especially during the "Downtown" number, that would feel right at home in…
Still such a kooky charmer, Steve Martin still steals the show, still would marry Ellen Greene.
(1/2) UPBEAT GROTESQUE MUSICAL FUN!
This was way darker than I was expecting. I don't know what I expected actually but it wasn't this. It is a very strange but very good film.
I'm usually a sucker for musicals, and this wasn't really an exception. Though the concept, acting, and plot was a little wacky, this musical movie had some good songs throughout it. Audrey II is a diabolical plant that's probably one of the weirdest, but also most interesting, villains I've seen. My only reservation is that it was almost a little too silly for me, and I really can't stand Audrey (the regular one)'s voice. It grated on me the whole movie, but that isn't enough to dissuade me from liking it.
So I watched this with another person who doesn't usually watch musicals, and wow, we were blown away. I didn't know what to expect, but what appeared wasn't it. I can't even say much about it without giving some of the charm away. Though I will say the puppetry work was amazing, and CGI today can't stand up to the work done here. Just watch this one, and enjoy Steve Martin before he gave up on life.
Raised to work in a local flower shop, unlucky nice guy Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) pines for sweet shop-girl, Audrey (Ellen Greene). With the store in trouble, Seymour has just the thing that could save it. A plant of unknown origin dubbed Audrey II that soon becomes a local sensation. Audrey II, at first a small and sickly plant, also starts growing to a massive size and starts talking (with the voice of Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops). But in order for Audrey II to stay alive, sweet Seymour must seek blood to feed his plant with.
Depending on who you ask, Little Shop Of Horrors is either the first or second film directed by Frank Oz (Oz is…
This film is obscenely great. Easily arguably the best musical ever. The songs are infectious and delivered in a way that actually affect me emotionally,
which is sort of weird and magical when thinking about what i'm actually watching. Audrey II is an incredible feat of puppetry. Every aspect is perfect, and I'm pretty glad to have only ever seen the director's cut because I can't and don't want to imagine it any other way. I don't know a lot about the underground success and following that this has, but if this doesn't have a Rocky Horror level following it's pretty close to a travesty because it absolutely deserves it and then some.
Frank Oz/puppets could save cgi cinema
Still possibly my favorite big screen musical comedy. It makes so much sense that Frank Oz directed this -- after all, with its man-eating plant and twisted humor, it's the most deranged Muppet movie ever made. And the director's cut ending (which I vastly prefer and am very happy to have on Blu Ray) only cements that link further -- after all, every sketch of The Muppet Show ended with either something blowing up or someone being eaten. This takes that to demented extremes. Also, I miss Rick Moranis on film. And Bill Murray and Steve Martin's scene is pure bliss. A good start to the Halloween season.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- The Witches
- The Gate
- The Monster Squad
- Ghostbusters II
With Halloween fast approaching what better time to show your kids or young relatives some scary yet fun movies. Obviously…