Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Frank Oz, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia

     
 

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It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shopSee more details below

Overview

It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
This very entertaining film may be the only movie musical to contain an Elvis-inspired number that celebrates a dentist's sadism. This song, shocking, funny, and very catchy, neatly summarizes the charms of this simultaneously light and dark movie musical. The major share of the film's success belongs to lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. Their songs straddle the line between joy and satire. Musically they invoke recognizable styles ('50s doo-wop, saccharine Broadway love song), but the pointed, comical lyrics constantly collide with the music's sensibilities and the contrast produces continuously entertaining results. Director Frank Oz, arguably the finest puppeteer of his generation, does a spectacular job bringing the gigantic Audrey II to life. Former Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs gives a superb vocal performance as the cannibalistic plant. The rest of the case finds the absolute right level of outrageousness to match the cartoonish art direction. Steve Martin, playing the sadistic dentist, and Bill Murray, a masochistic patient, have a comedic scene that matches the songs for perversity and hilariousness. Ashman and Menken would go on to even greater success, penning the songs in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0883929254590
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
16,831

Special Features

Optional commentary by Frank Oz on the director's cut 20-minute alternate ending; Frank Oz and Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut (introduction by Frank Oz with Richard Conway); A story of Little Shop of Horrors (behind-the-scenes documentary); Outtakes and deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Oz; Two theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rick Moranis Seymour Krelborn
Ellen Greene Audrey
Vincent Gardenia Mr. Mushnik
Steve Martin Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.
Levi Stubbs Audrey II
Tichina Arnold Crystal
Tisha Campbell Chiffon
Michelle Weeks Ronette
Jim Belushi Patrick Martin
John Candy Wink Wilkinson
Christopher Guest 1st Customer
Bill Murray Arthur Denton
Paul Dooley Actor
Stan Jones Narrator
Bertice Reading "Downtown" Old Woman
Ed Wiley "Downtown" Bum
Alan Tilvern "Downtown" Bum
John Scott Martin "Downtown" Bum
Vincent Wong Chinese Florist
Mak Wilson Doo Wop Street Singer
Danny Cunningham Doo Wop Street Singer
Danny John-Jules Doo Wop Street Singer
Gary Palmer Doo Wop Street Singer
Paul Swaby Doo Wop Street Singer
Mildred Shay 2nd Customer
Melissa Wiltsie 3rd Customer
Kevin Scott 4th Customer
Barbara Rosenblat 5th Customer
Adeen Fogle Radio Station Assistant
Kelly Huntley Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Paul Reynolds Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Miriam Margolyes Dental Nurse
Abbie Dabner Boy Patient
Frank Dux 2nd Patient
Peter Whitman Patient on Ceiling
Heather Henson Girl Patient
Judith Morse Girl's Mother
Bob Sherman Agent
Doreen Hermitage Life Magazine Lady
Kerry Shale Her Assistant
Robert Arden Network Executive
Stephen Hoye Network Executive
Bob Sessions Network Executive
Michael J. Shannon Television Reporter
Christine Norden Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Ashman Screenwriter
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Paul Engelen Makeup
John Fenner Production Designer
Bran Ferren Special Effects
Pat Garrett Choreography
David Geffen Producer
William S. Gilmore Producer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Denis Holt Associate Producer
John Jympson Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Menken Score Composer
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Margery Simkin Casting
Steve Spence Production Designer
Roy Walker Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Shop of Horrors
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
21. Scene 21
22. Scene 22
23. Scene 23

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