Music Movies - Little Shop of Horrors

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  • summernight
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    Yes I was right! I prediction you going to review this since has a cult followings and it's popular among musical lovers. For me, I enjoy watching this, especially the talking drag queen plant monster. He keep me laughing every time he is on screen.
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    I just predicted he was going to review it because the Blu Ray had just come out.
  • Buri288  - Woo!
    One of my all time favorite musicals :D
    I adore this movie so much, I was hoping you'd get to it eventually!
  • boomjuice890  - i was watching this today in school!
    i was watching this today in school!
  • k-terberg
    The ending always killed the movie for me. Until then, the film is pretty solid. I love most of the cast (especially Steve Martin), but a fairy-tale ending is exactly the opposite of what this story needs.
  • dennett316
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    There's a blu ray release now which features a restored version of a much darker original ending to the movie...the original ending was a DVD extra on a rare and hard to find press of the original DVD release, but was in black and white. It's in full colour now.

    EDIT - Ooops, that'll teach me to comment before watching the review. Oh well, do as Paw says and buy the blu ray.
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    Again, yes, the original, Seymour, Audrey (and everyone else in the entire world, or at least America) should be eaten by the plants for their crimes. But the revised ending isn't really what I call a "Fairy Tale" ending. Usually at the end of a fairy tale (well, the kind I think you mean.) There isn't a hint that it might not be such a happy ending after all.
  • keniakittykat
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    My favorite song has always been 'green mother from outer space'. But yeah, the altered ending does suck bigtime, let's hope that the remake will get that one right.
    Oh, you haven't heard? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa the man responsible for the spiderman musical is gonna remake this!
  • BaltoStephenWinter  - Why is Paw using Slenderman's voice? (realization
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    (In replay to Keniakittykat)

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  • Derpy Hooves  - this is one of my favorite musicals!
    Oh My Gosh Oh My Gosh Oh My Gosh Oh My Gosh
    new video!!!! Yay! i love paws review sooooooooo much he always put things so elegantly and dives really deep into the charaters, actors, and history of the film while still keeping things light and fun!
    (PS. I love escalation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Amykins
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    God, I hate Maven...
  • Semudara
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    Yes, and I'm sure that little bit of constructive criticism is actually related to the comment you replied to... somehow.
  • Ashoten2021
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    "She" seems like the best description for Audry 2. Plants tend to have both male and female parts but don't reproduce with themselves so much(although they do sometimes. I'm not a botanist). Considering that the killer weed is an alien that just happens to look like a plant means I can't really say it should follow normal earth rules of reproduction. So I defer to the Audry 2 for a definite answer. "I'm a mean green mother from outer-space"
  • MollyWobbles6093
    I always thought "Mean Green Mother" was their clever way of getting away with saying (but not saying) "Motherfucker". But I've known that word since I was five years old, so make of that what you will. I was also taught that most plants have "males" and "females" of the species for reproductive/pollination purposes, but I'm not 100% on that.
  • circa81
    You guys have gotta do Clue someday!
  • Steve Potter
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    One of my favorite movies of all time. The only real problems I have are that the stage version IS better, and I really can't stand Ellen Greene.
  • CelestialEmpress
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    Agreed. Her singing voice isn't bad, but her speaking voice makes me want to punch a kitten.

    Did I see two darts on that board at the end?
  • TheGreatEscapist
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    Oh, man. "Incredibly Strange Creatures" is next. I don't know how anyone could actually review that confusing mess, but I look forward to it anyway.

    Personally I love just about all the songs from "Little Shop of Horrors", including "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" and "Don't Feed the Plants". Every time I listen to the soundtrack there's not one song I wish to skip.

    (By the way, I'll admit even as a teenager I suspected there was something sneakily sexual about "Feed Me", and I thought it was just a product of my hormonal little mind.)

    I thought it was interesting all the trivia about the musical you brought up.

    I've always been fascinated by trivia about the production of this movie. For instance, the movie is directed by Frank Oz and Brian Henson was one of many who operated the Audrey II puppet. (Leave it to wonderful folks who worked on "Labyrinth" or "The Muppet Show" to create a movie like this.)

    Though I think you're a little harsh on the decision to change the ending.
    After receiving the feedback from the test audiences Frank Oz really sympathized with the folks who didn't like it. He figured it was because the characters of Audrey and Seymour were made a lot more sympathetic and less goofy than in the stage version, therefore viewers grew a little more attached to them and it was sad to see them die.

    And even with the ending changed people still love the movie for everything it is, for better or worse.
    I first saw it when I was twelve as per parental recommendation and I thought it was bizarre and dark but entertaining. I re-watched it when I was in high school and I just fell in love with it. The gorgeous puppetry, the tongue-in-cheek humor, the songs, all of it.
    (And not long after that I started getting into Tim Burton films.)

    Again, good review. I'm looking forward to the next one. :)
  • Taxrenn
    I agree, the released ending is better for the purpose of the film. They unintentionally made Seymour and Audrey too likable to be killed off, mostly by casting Rick Moranis, he made the death of the dentist as more of an act of shock, and his giving in to Audrey II is less a lust for fame and fortune, and more he was just too weak willed to resist. And even then the final shot of the baby plant in the flower bed may still imply the original ending as well.
  • samoht05
    I disagree. Though i understand that the test audience didn't enjoy the original ending and the characters were slightly more sympathetic in the movie, the original ending is a lot stronger than new one. First, though the characters may be more likable, it was still heartbreaking to see Seymour and Audrey die at the hands of Audrey II (in the musical, Seymour jumps inside Audrey II's mouth, hoping to kill it). Second, it disregards a imporatnt character points for both Audrey and Seymour. In the musical, the sacrifice of Audrey helps to enforce the point that Audrey is not just some ditzy girl fell for the wrong people, she is a person that genuinly cares for Seymour and is willing to gives herself to the plant in order to help Seymour. Seymour's character is also ruined by the fact that he never truly realizes how much of a monster the plant turned him into. In musical, wracked with guilt, Seymour kills himself trying to destroy the plant. Third, the movie ending sort of ruins the theme of falling victim to one's vices. The musical's message is to not become overpowered by one's desires or search for fame as it will eventually hurt yourself and others. The movie's ending destroys that by saying that though Seymour fell to the whim of the plant, to the point of murder, everything still worked out for him, though it had that ominous ending
  • SwindleFan65
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    One of my favorite movies of all time :D
  • ChaosSepher
    Been waiting for this one, and I had a feeling you would hate the movie ending. Personally, it's the one I saw first and I am a sucker for a happy ending. Also, Mean Green Mother is one of my personal favorite songs from the movie.
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    Again, it's not a happy ending it's a seemingly happy ending with a hint that Audrey II will "be back" even if it's not the original Audrey II.
  • Floweramon
    I cannot tell you how happy I am that you waited until the Director's Cut was released. I adore this musical, and the movie is fine (there are several songs I wish hadn't been cut, but whatever, it's still very good, and the puppetry on Audrey II is incredible). But until now I could hardly stand to watch the full movie knowing that the Faustian theme had been ruined by that 'happy end.' (yes, because people getting away with murder is so happy, especially when the second murder was just to save himself from being convicted of the first murder)

    Thank you for speading the word about it, because I hate it when I try to talk about the musical and people say, "I love that movie!" and if I talk about the original, their knee-jerk reaction is more or less, "Noooooo, I like the happy ending! Seymour deserved to get Audrey and live happily ever after, and the people he killed deserved it! It doesn't matter that he killed those people, he was well intentioned!" (maybe Orin could be argued to have deserved it, but Mushnik was doing a good thing by trying to take someone he knew was guilty of murder to the police. And well intentions don't excuse actions)

    Sorry for rambling, but being a writer it's something I feel passionately about. Changing a story so it no longer has the deep moral implications prior to the change just because people can't stand a little pathos, as you said, is awful, pandering, and insulting.
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    While I fully understand where you're coming from, but the revised ending is really only a happy ending if you interpret it that way.

    If you notice there is a little Audrey II budding in their garden, and you remember Patrick Martin wasn't completely cut from the revised ending, and still has plans to sell Audrey IIs all over America, plans which Seymour really just forgets about, it's possible that the plants still won in the end.
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    And yes, I agree 100% that the original ending is way better, but they managed to make the revised ending still feel like an old B horror movie (part of what the musical is an homage to.) As an expert on Horror movies, they almost never have a full 100% Happy ending, where the evil is defeated completely with no sign of coming back, with rare exceptions. Usually, they have a "Or is It?" Type ending.
  • HypnoFun  - In general, fun watch... few annoyances
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    So yea, in general, I liked the review portion of this review, and I like how you do things normally.

    If you could never, ever, ever do those high-pitched cuts ever again, that'd be great. They didn't make me jump, they made me clutch my ears and growl a bit in anger, which is kinda not what you want when doing entertainment, methinks. The vocal effects were fine and got the intent across well enough, during the portions where your words could be understood at such a low pitch.

    I look forward to seeing how TISCWSLaBMUZ is a musical, based on what I remember from my viewing of MST3k not having more than maybe 1 music piece... this is gonna be interesting.
  • s.z.ichigo
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    Thanks for this video, Paw! This is one of my all-time favorite movies, which is weird because I don't tend to like musicals.
    I had no idea the ending was changed! I'll definitely go out and buy the new version tomorrow. For the record though, I actually liked the ending, and the "Big Green Motha" song.
  • Emilie Bennett  - Greatest Musical Film Ever! ^___^
    Oh my God, I've been hoping for you to review this movie! I liked the original, which is somewhat different from the superior musical adaptation. The casting for this movie is perfect. And a belief I have about Martin being in it had something to do with a surprise wedding for Moranis, whose acting in this movie is without a doubt the best we can get out of him.

    I also liked the ending they went with, too, because I cared so much about our 2 protagonists. But if you think about it, with that Audrey II sprout in their garden, they'll still possibly end up as plant bait.
  • TMNWG
    Pretty cool review. Really. Fucking. ANNOYING uuse of the Slender noises.
  • The Stampede
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    Love this movie ^_^ I'm probably gonna pick up the bluray sometime soon.
  • Bloodrealm
    Wow, so many movies that I always kept hearing about, but had no reviews, are suddenly being reviewed lately! James Rolfe did The Toxic Avenger, now Paw has done Little Shop of Horrors and is going to do that Mixed-Up Zombies thing!
    But, about that ending, if they wanted a happy ending, why couldn't they still have kept the "plants trying to take over the world" portion? I mean, they could've done it pretty easily: just figure out a way how the characters would defeat the plants. I'm sure they could've come up with SOME plausible (hell, it doesn't even have to be all that plausible, it probably would've still fit the movie if it was somewhat silly!) way it could work, and they wouldn't have had to waste all the (amazing looking) effects scenes.
  • Emilie Bennett  - @Bloodrealm
    Come to think of it, you have a point, but on the other hand, I'm not sure if it can work for something like that, and I already commented about this movie an hour ago...
  • FullmetalNinja25
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    As someone who owns The Director's Cut it is definitely the far superior version the hokey, cliched theatrical ending sucks. I mean has noone ever heard of Faust?
  • Rebochan
    You bastard, I totally lost it when you used the clip from Clue! I just watched that a few nights ago again!

    ...so am I weird in not being that upset about the reworked ending? It worked all right for me, and it was done with the blessing of the creators. It's not like it was done by evil butchers with no respect for the film and it doesn't erase the Broadway ending.

    Regardless, I wasn't aware until literally this review that I can finally watch the original ending on DVD so thanks for that.

    ...by the way, to all the people bringing up Faust...Faust doesn't end with the world burning for the protagonist's sins. And for THAT matter, Faust ITSELF has more than one ending, one that's "happy" and one that's "sad". So hey, great metaphor for this musical to film transition :P
  • TheMollyandPippinShow
    I always wanted to "remake" Little Shop of Horrors. Not really a remake, but more of an "alternate adaptation of the musical" it would be in black and white (until Don't Feed The Plants but we'll get to that later.) and be in 3D (Advertised as in 3 Dimensions, in homage to 50s Horror B-Movies)

    It would end with Audrey II ripping through the screen in 3D (in full color) grabbing "theater staff" (Actually the main cast dressed as theater staff.) Who sing the finale, Audrey II would then "eat" the audience. (Which would be really effective if the 3D would be well done. But I'm not a major studio, and they're already remaking it, so that won't work.
  • RGallows  - Finale Ultimo
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    About Don't Feed the Plants, bear in mind that the clip you used wasn't necessarily the final edit. I have the original soundtrack for the movie, in which Don't Feed the Plants isn't nearly as long. The song appears to be more of a placeholder for an ending that never got it's pruning.
  • Fenris
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    Really sorry but I had to stop the review before the ad break. It's a good review, and one of my favorite musicals, but those high-pitched skips were getting too much.
  • Amesang
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    Regrettably I've never seen "Little Shop of Horrors," but I remember my father having trading/sticker cards of it when I was a kid.

    How and where and why he got those cards I've never asked, come to think of it…
  • Gecko4lif
    the hell do you mean nobody like big green mother

    I fuckin LOVED that song since I was 4. I still sing it and im 21
  • Emilie Bennett  - @Rebochan
    Then again, Rebochan, I think I'll agree with you. Having the happy ending makes more sense after what you said.
  • AnnointedBitter
    Ok, you've talked me into it! I will watch the movie. I've put it off because the ending to the b&w Jack Nicholson 1960 film SCARED me as a child, and nothing, not even the movies that make peoples top 10 lists as the scariest, have terrified me like it did. I have been shunning this musical because of that one scene, and it was unfair. *curls into a ball and rocks muttering "space plants aren't real"*
  • Hinatachan360  - Is that...??
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    I might be wrong, but did I see the Numbers Lady from the Wiz in the Skid Row number? If that's not her then she looks a lot like her. Anyway, Little Shop of Horrors is one of my personal favorite musicals!!! It's a lot of fun. I always crack up over the dentist, because my real life dentist when I was a teenager looked and acted a lot like that guy. We called him Dr. Pain (for good reason). And thanks for the heads up on the alterate ending because I had no idea there was one. Will definitely check it out.
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