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Little Shop of Horrors [1986] (1 disc)

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Director:Frank Oz
Writer:Howard Ashman
Composer:Miles Goodman
Length:94 minutes
(1 hour 34 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Dark Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:91%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Dark Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Puppets
  • Sci-Fi
  • Romance
  • Family
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Synopsis: Seymour is unlucky in life and love, until an unusual plant comes into his life.


Reaction: A bit ridiculous but oddly and creepily charming.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Frank Oz => Director
Howard Ashman => Writer
Miles Goodman => Composer
Charles B. Griffith => 1960 screenplay
Bill Murray => Arthur Denton
Christopher Guest => Customer #1
Danny John-Jules => Doo-Wop Street Singer
Ellen Greene => Audrey
James Belushi => Patrick Martin
John Candy => Wink Wilkinson
Kelly Huntley => Audrey & Seymour's Daughter
Levi Stubbs => Audrey II (voice)
Mak Wilson => The Plant (voice) / Himself
Michelle Weeks => Ronette
Miriam Margolyes => Dental Nurse
Paul Reynolds => Audrey & Seymour's Son
Rick Moranis => Seymour Krelborn
Steve Martin => Orin Scrivello, DDS
Tichina Arnold => Crystal
Tisha Campbell-Martin => Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
Vincent Gardenia => Mr. Mushnik

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The bizarre equipment used by sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello has made numerous appearances in other Warner Bros. productions, notably as Jeremy Irons' gynecology tools in Dead Ringers and as the Joker's plastic surgeon's tools in Batman.
  • The scenes in which the two largest Audrey II puppets are performing with the actors are filmed at a lower speed. First at 16 frames per second, then at 12 frames per second for the final number. This means that the actors had to move and lip sync in slow motion.
  • It supposedly took Steve Martin six weeks to film all his scenes while Bill Murray ad-libbed his lines.
  • All the scenes were filmed entirely in, what was then, the largest studio set in the world, called 007 in London. They did not want to shoot on location, because it would ruin the fantastical mood of the film.
  • The puppeteers who designed and operated Audrey II were veterans of the Jim Henson company. One of the operators was Brian Henson, Jim's son.
  • The shot pulling away from Audrey after the song "Somewhere That's Green" was so long that it required two cranes, one placed on top of the other, to pull it off. The camera actually shifts a little when the one crane stops and the other takes over.
  • Audrey's on-camera growth at the end of "Grow for Me" was achieved by placing the plant on a track concealed by the flower pot and then drawing it closer to the camera.
  • Steve Martin cut his hands while filming the scene in which his character pushes open the double swinging doors to Audrey's apartment complex. As a result, in the final cut he is kicking the door open.
  • The filmmakers originally offered the role of Audrey to [?] Cyndi Lauper, before casting original stage star Ellen Greene. Madonna was also reportedly considered for the role. However, after they finally cast Greene, she became the only member of the Off-Broadway cast to appear in this film.
  • When producer [?] David Geffen originally tried to get the film made, Steven Spielberg was attached to produce and [?] Martin Scorsese to direct.
  • The original script called for Audrey and Seymore to be eaten by Audrey II while the movie ended with extensive model shots of Audrey 2 wreaking havoc on the city to the song "Don't Feed the Plants". The ending was reshot after bad preview audience reaction. In 1998 the special edition DVD was released with the alternate "everybody dies" ending. A couple of days after its release the DVDs were yanked off the shelves and replaced with new ones that don't contain that ending. This is because producer [?] David Geffen wanted to re-release the film in theaters with the gruesome ending, however the original color film print was destroyed in a studio fire shortly afterwards, leaving only the black & white workprint as proof of the ending's existence.