LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (DVD/BIL)
The off-Broadway comedy-horror-musical hit that ran for years makes a successful transfer to film with a bevy of big-name cameos and two perfectly cast leads. Rick Moranis is the nebbish Seymour, who pines for flower-girl Audrey (Ellen Greene) while living in the basement of florist Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia). Things start turning around for Seymour, though, after he buys a little plant during a solar eclipse, christens it Audrey II, and discovers that it likes to drink blood. Soon enough, though, Seymour finds out that Audrey II, now grown to epic proportions, is in actuality a "mean green mother from outer space" that is hell-bent on world domination. Based on the 1960 Roger Corman cheapie that featured a young Jack Nicholson, Little Shop boasts a hilarious, amazing score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who would go on to revitalize Disney's animation arm with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Greene, the lone holdover from the original cast, is a ravishing, goofy Audrey, whose awkward demeanor belies a voice that could knock Ethel Merman off her feet. She's ably matched by Moranis, whose lack of a singing voice is perfectly in sync with Seymour's nerdiness. And Levi Stubbs Jr. of the Four Tops provides the lowdown, nasty-minded voice of Audrey II; his rendition of the Oscar-nominated "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" is a showstopper. As for those celebrity cameos, Steve Martin's sadistic dentist is a masterful creation, as is Bill Murray's masochistic patient; John Candy, James Belushi, and Christopher Guest also pop up. And there was never a lovelier and funkier Greek chorus than the three Motown-fueled girls (Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell) who appear throughout the film. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was a movie that I saw a hundred times when I was young. Was curious to see if I liked it today (20 years later).
I still find it interesting to watch. Read more
For many years I have loved the story and music of Little Shop of Horrors but I was surprised and shocked by the the ending of this version, which was quite different from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ivan C. MacFarlane
Be warned - the Director's Cut has a different, darker ending than the theatrical release, and the disk only contains the one ending. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Recorder Mom
Really funny! I want some of whatever the writers were on when the came up with this concept.Published 10 months ago by Kenny Viewer
This is the first movie where I got to really to ppreciate he awesome talent of Steve Martin
It also brought out my horrors of dentists as he plays a sadistic , demented... Read more
I find this movie funny to watch even though others find it frighting. The actors do a good job in this film.Published 12 months ago by Gord H