The cult-hit musical Little Shop Of Horrors will return to movie theaters nationwide, finally presented with its original ending in tact. We’ll see the film the way it was intended on October 29 and 31 from Fathom Events and Warner Bros.
The Frank Oz-directed film will have its elaborate 23-minute finale digitally restored and presented on the big screen for the first time. There will also be a brand-new, exclusive interview with Oz that will lend some further insight into the production and just why the film’s original ending was changed.
Little Shop Of Horrors follows the rise of shy florist Seymour Krelborn as he feeds blood to a venus flytrap-seeming plant with hopes of impressing his co-worker Audrey. It features Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s original doo-wop score, which first appeared in their 1982 off-Broadway musical.
The film version starred Ellen Greene, who was reprising her role as Audrey from the original stage musical, alongside Rick Moranis as Seymour, with Vincent Gardenia as Mr. Mushnik and Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello D.D.S.
Oz has spoken at length before as to why the film had such a drastic change when it was adapted for the big screen. In the original Broadway show, the plant, Audrey II succeeds in taking over the city of New York after killing Seymour Krelborn and Audrey. Created by the visual effects team using miniatures and tabletop animation, the climax reportedly cost $5 million to produce (that’s 1986 dollars). Oz says that the same ending in the movie didn’t work for audiences because on stage actors never stay dead like they do on film.
“The audiences loved (the movie), I felt like I was on a wonderful Hawaiian island lying on the sand. Until the two characters, they love dearly get killed. And then it was an icebox. It was palpable. Killing them was a disaster. … We wanted to be true to the show, in which both characters died and the plant won. But in theater, (a character) dies and then comes back to take a bow. In movies, the great lesson is you die and you die. You don’t come back for a bow. That’s what upset the audience. And I learned a great lesson.”
The special Director’s Cut version of Little Shop Of Horrors was first unveiled in 2012 as part of the New York Film Festival. It was included as a Blu-ray release at that time.
Check out Little Shop Of Horrors in theaters from Fathom Events on October 29 and 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 29, 2017. To purchase, head over to the Fathom Events website. It’s a perfect Halloween-themed treat for movie lovers.
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