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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (DIRECTOR’S CUT)

Director: Frank Oz | USA | 1986 | 103 mins

New York City in the early 60s. Nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) works in Mushnik’s flower shop in the run-down neighbourhood of Skid Row, tending to the plants and daydreaming of a better life. Seymour is secretly in love with his co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene), who also dreams of escaping the drudgery of her current existence and the abuse she faces at the hands of her boyfriend, sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin). The fortunes of all concerned are turned around by the arrival of a mysterious plant (nicknamed Audrey II) that appears out of nowhere during a solar eclipse, offering Seymour a shot at success and romance and giving a host of others the chance to become plant food. As the tiny plant grows to gargantuan size to become a mean, green mother from outer space, Seymour must battle Audrey II as the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.

 

In the years since its release in 1986, Frank Oz’s big screen adaptation of the off-Broadway musical has become a cult classic, During the film’s production, however, there were a few bumps in the road, not least the result of an early test screening in San Jose towards the end of the film’s post-production phase. Oz’s original cut was in keeping with the stage version’s ambitious (but decidedly darker) climax but the test audience hated it, prompting the studio and producers to force a reshoot and reconfigure the film’s finale into a happier ending. Presumed lost for decades, this director’s cut restores Frank Oz’s original cut of Little Shop of Horrors, presenting the story with its original ending and a version faithful to the original stage production.

Screening with MAN OR TREE + URBAN MYTHS: TOOTH WORMS