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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.
you know what they say about capitalism, gentrification & man-eating plants... they're, uh... not great, bob. (alternate director's cut ending is some of the best action spectacle ever committed to film.)
This ain't got nothing on Phantom of the Paradise or The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but neither does any other musical in existence.
"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…
A remake of a classic film but with a musical twist. Themed around an Alien plant that grows and grows by eating .... well humans, as well as having catchy musical numbers and a great cast this film gives you a look into a world of a singing man eating alien plant and its taste for world domination.
when will steve martin fuck me in the 80s?
#1 of the "Musicals" Movie Marathon
"Feed me, Seymour!"
Wow, what a ride!
I had seen this before when I was a lot younger. I remember I enjoyed it but I was never a fan.
Glad this rewatch happened because I think I fell in love with this musical.
Little Shop of Horrors has a lot that speak for it. The music is a lot of fun. There is catchy stuff and songs you could easily sing along too.
The humor is great. I laughed a lot.
And the cast is amazing. Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, John Candy, Jim Belushi and probably the best Steve Martin role of all time.
The practical effects are also amazing. I loved looking at the talking plant. It looked gorgeous and I was amazed at how well they pulled it of.
A lot of fun. Way better than I remembered it and I might come back to it some time in the future.
If you are a fan of the works of Jim Henson and the Muppets, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and botany, you are going to absolutely adore this film. Not only is it cinematically well done (Frank Oz is a genius) but in terms of the sheer complexity of the practical effects, it's an astounding work of art. Audrey II is an amazing achievement in puppetry within cinema; the attention to detail of even the smallest movements of his features shows just how much passion was put into this film. Rick Moranis gave a hilarious and heartfelt performance. I recommend seeing this movie, and my only regret is that I didn't see it before tonight.
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE DIRECTOR'S CUT:
Up until the last 20 minutes this version is exactly the same as the theatrical one. Then suddenly it changes and it gets dark, real dark and it never let's up.
I love the the theatrical version so much. It is such a joy to watch and it leaves you with a smile on your face. I also usually really like dark endings for films but I have to agree that for this film it just didn't work.
Well, it worked fine I guess but it just didn't jive with the rest of the films fun and goodhearted nature. It gets dark and it never lets up and in a sense it…
Childhood memories can sometimes be iffy and sometimes when you see something you loved as a child when you are all growed up you realize that what you once loved is now utter garbage. Little Shop of Horrors is not one of those.
It has been at least a baker's dozen years since I saw this picture if not 20 years. Watching it again, for the first time as an adult (as much of one that I am) I was surprised by so much.
I was surprised by how much I remembered.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I was surprised by how good the effects were.
I was surprised by how good the music was.
More charming and enjoyable than expected. The songs are surprisingly catchy, so much so that I've gone back and listened to some of them again in recent days. The puppet effects for Audrey II, that "mean green mother from outer space," are very impressive. The cast is wonderful. Rick Moranis shows why he had a monopoly on these likable nerd roles back in the day. Ditzy, squeaky-voiced women with prominent cleavage has always been a winning combination for me, so it's no wonder I fell in love with Ellen Greene's character. The moment she belts out "Suddenly Seymour" with such unbridled passion that her voice cracks nearly gave me goosebumps. The cameos are fun. I'd watch an entire film devoted…
Fun musical with songs that any Disney (or Galavant) fan will immediately recognize as the work of Alan Menken. The music is fun and the effects are quite fantastic and hold up amazingly well even after all these years. I watched the theatrical cut which does feature a ending that feels rushed, after reading about the director's cut I think that would have been the way to go.
The beauty of this story lies in its simplicity: it's a tragedy about the dangers of abusive relationships (whether with a human or a plant) set in a world that never strays from its hilarious-but-still-kinda-scary tone.
The tacked-on "happy ending" does muddle the effects of that cautionary tale aspect, but that's why we have Director's Cuts, kids.
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