Little Shop of Horrors

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia and Steve Martin
Warner Home Video
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Certificate: PG
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Seymour Krelborn is a downtrodden geek. He works in a run-down flower shop, thanklessly doing menial tasks and secretly dreaming of shop assistant Audrey. His other passion, collecting strange plants, leads him to bring home a small flytrap which he discovers following a solar eclipse and names Audrey II. Seymour soon discovers that the plant talks, sings and survives on a diet of human blood. Seymour embarks on a plan to kill Audrey's boyfriend, the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello which would also leave the way clear for Seymour and Audrey's love to bloom. But will this be enough to satisfy the plant's lust for blood, or must Seymour take more drastic measures?...

Little Shop of Horrors started life as a 1960 black comedy B-movie directed by Roger Corman and starring Jack Nicholson and Dick Miller. Then in 1982 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman turned it into a musical - which incidentally starred Ellen Greene in the role of Audrey, which she reprised in this 1986 movie.

Rick Moranis is perfect as Seymour, Greene is fantastic as the nice-but-dim Audrey and Steve Martin, playing Audrey's violent boyfriend, steels every scene he's in.

The production has a wonderful cartoon feel to it. There are some great cameo appearances by John Candy, Bill Murray and James Belushi. Also there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance from Danny John-Jules who later went on to play The Cat in Red Dwarf.

The audio commentary, by director Frank Oz, (which was recorded in 1997) is extremely interesting. He reveals a lot of information including the reason why the original, bleak ending to the movie was changed (Because preview screenings revealed that the movie ended on too much of a downer). He also reveals that the movie was shot at Pinewood Studios in London - which I previously wasn't aware of - and that all the kitsch American props and background dressings were flown over especially.

Other extras include a music only track (nice touch); Outtakes (very hit and miss); Making Of featurette (a great 20 minute documentary); 2 TV spots; Fearless Hero, Cast/Revised; Theatrical trailer.

This movie doesn't seem to have aged at all and is still one of the most colourful and entertaining movies I have seen. The inclusion of so many quality extras make this an essential purchase.

Darren Rea

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