This week, Jazz Hams, all three of your hosts have seen the movie, so we brought in our first “official guest” (Jennie is more a silent partner than a guest) – Kaitlin Piraro – to watch that cult favorite LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The intro sound quality (about 4 minutes) isn’t the best and we apologize. Things improve radically after the cut.
We decided to show Kaitlin the director’s cut of the movie: the ending so unpopular with test audiences that only 13% of them thought it was a good idea. That didn’t keep Kaitlin from loving it – the music, the staging, the sets, and costumes. Director Frank Oz kept the ties to the off-Broadway stage very visible, and uses all his puppetry experience to make Audrey II a fully menacing and believable villain.
Starring that adorable pokemon Rick Moranis and powerhouse singer Ellen Greene, plus a cavalcade of cameos, plus songs by Menken & Ashman, it’s delightfully dark entertainment.
Having yet another set of opinions makes this episode super-sized, so grab a snack (doesn’t have to be meat, doesn’t have to be fresh) and take a listen!
(Sidenote: listen for “Taye Diggity” – Windy’s pretty proud of that one)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Rating: 7.0/10 (59,194 votes)
Director: Frank Oz
Writer: Howard Ashman (screenplay by), Howard Ashman (based on the musical play "Little Shop of Horrors"), Roger Corman (based on the film by), Charles B. Griffith (based on the 1960 screenplay by)
Stars: Levi Stubbs, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi
Released: 19 Dec 1986
Plot: A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.