Remember that total eclipse of the sun a few weeks ago?
Fans of Frank Oz’s horror-comedy-musical masterpiece Little Shop of Horrors will be thrilled to know that the director’s original vision will see a limited theatrical release this October. This version restores the original ending to the film, which was considered lost for years. Without getting into spoilers, the original ending is much closer to the ending of the stage musical than the film ending that hit theaters and the DVD release. The footage of the original ending was restored from a black-and-white work print in 2012 for the Blu-Ray release, and this version will hit select theaters on Sunday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 31st! Check this website to find the screening closest to you.
A Faustian tale of a boy, a girl, a bloodthirsty dentist, and a bloodthirstier plant, Little Shop of Horrors is a star-studded blast of 1980s comedy and special effects. The film, starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs, and Steve Martin, originally debuted in 1986. Frank Oz, the hands and voice behind such beloved characters as Miss Piggy and Yoda, directed the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical, which is a re-imagination of a 1960 Roger Corman film.
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The Corman film, The Little Shop of Horrors, was produced on a shoestring budget in less than a week, and is perhaps most notable for being one of the earliest film appearances of Jack Nicholson. An Off-Broadway musical adaptation, written by Howard Ashman with music composed by Alan Menken, debuted to rave reviews in 1982. Songs composed for the show drew inspiration from the doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll, and early Motown sounds of the late 1950s-early 1960s. Frank Oz’s film version retained much of the tone and content of the stage play, but the ending was changed to appease test audiences in the mid-1980s.
To be honest, I’d jump at the chance to catch even half of the movie on the big screen, so I’m blown away by this opportunity to see Frank Oz’s original vision leap to the big screen. Feed Me!
Screenings will be held on Sunday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 31st. Find screenings and ticket information here. I already have my tickets!