Little Shop of Horrors Movie Poster Seymour + Audrey II Rick Moranis


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Meet a boy and his killer plant. Rick Moranis raised Audrey II from a sprout to become the star of Little Shop of Horrors. Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood. Menken and Ashman’s Off-Broadway musical was based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film’s original 23-minute finale, based on the musical’s ending, was rewritten and reshot after receiving a strong negative reception from test audiences. Before it was fully restored in 2012 by Warner Home Video, the ending was never available publicly other than in the form of black-and-white workprint footage. Nerdy Seymour Krelborn and the beautiful but ditzy Audrey work at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in the slums of Skid Row in New York City (“Skid Row”). After a day without a single customer, Mushnik prompts to close the store, but Audrey persuades him to let Seymour display a “strange and interesting” plant to attract customers, which Seymour has named “Audrey II”. Immediately, a customer enters and asks Seymour about the plant. Seymour explains that he got the plant from an old Chinese man during an unexpected Solar eclipse (“Da-doo”). The plant successfully attracts several customers and puts the flower shop back in business. Seymour’s attempts to find proper nourishment for the finicky plant are unsuccessful until he accidentally pricks his finger on a rose thorn, and discovers that Audrey II has an appetite for human blood (“Grow for Me”). In the original ending, after Audrey is attacked by Audrey II (reprise of “Suppertime”), Seymour tells Audrey that he fed Mushnik and Orin to Audrey II and explains the whole story, then Audrey dies in Seymour’s arms, but not before begging him to feed her to the plant so that Seymour will get all the fame he deserves (reprise of “Somewhere That’s Green”). Seymour does so, but afterwards attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a building. Before he can, Patrick Martin appears and attempts to persuade Seymour to let him cut samples of the plant so that they can grow into little Audrey II’s and be sold across America. At the same time, he shows him a miniature plant that grew from a sample he cut days earlier, which menacingly grins at Seymour. Realizing Audrey II’s intentions from this, Seymour quickly slides down the ladder and returns to the flower shop, shortly before Martin tells him they don’t need his consent since a plant is considered public domain. Returning to the shop, Seymour confronts and tries to kill the plant (“Mean Green Mother from Outer Space”), who tears down the shop, plucks Seymour out of the rubble, and eats him alive. It then spits out his glasses and laughs triumphantly. The three chorus girls appear in front of the American flag and tell how the Audrey II buds became a nationwide consumer craze , but soon, grew into an army of monstrous plants who take over the country (“Don’t Feed the Plants”). In the dramatic finale, giant Audrey II buds begin destroying cities across America by knocking down buildings, blowing into the smoke stacks, and eating trains. The U.S. Army attempts to fight the Audrey II buds. The final shot shows the plants ascending upon the Statue of Liberty, and then a title card “THE END?!?” appears and Audrey II bursts through the screen, cackling.

Near mint condition.