Big news for Halloween fans, Fathom Events is bringing Little Shop of Horrors back to theatres. On October 29 and 31, fans will get to see a 23-minute ending cut from the original 1986 film.
Originally, director Frank Oz changed this ending due to fans dismay. Many hated the ending so much that Oz had to change it to appease the audience. In this deleted edit, the monstrous plant ends up killing Seymour and Audrey. Frank Oz originally thought to kill the couple was a disaster. This ending was based on the rock musical Broadway production. Oz has mentioned before that he believes that characters in movies should die and stay dead. However, David Geffen predicting an audience backlash implored Oz to shoot a new ending where the plant is slain and the two lovers end up together.
Warner Bros. actually brought back Little Shop of Horrors in 2012 by including lots of different endings involving Audrey II plants and plans of global domination. The ending was fully restored and was shown at the New York Film Festival in the same year. Due to the good reception, Frank Oz wishes that the revised ending was the real ending all along. Of course, the ending is all a matter of opinion but now people will get the chance to make up their minds when the film hits theaters again.
“Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbours a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?”
Little Shop of Horrors made over $38M at the domestic box office back in 1986 and quickly became a cult classic with many modern TV show episodes taking on the same name. The film starred Rick Moranis as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey and Vincent Gardenia as Mushnik.
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