The Big Ending To The Little Shop Of Horrors

I'm going to start this post by saying, I love downer endings. Especially if the rest of the movie wasn't building towards it. I'm on record in my belief that When Harry Met Sally would be dramatically improved if Sally got hit by a bus at the end. Endings where all the hero's work is undone in a moment of senseless agony, movies where someone dies suddenly, movies where, for no reason other then sometimes bad things happen, a bad thing happens.

I'll also admit that I'm not that big a fan of the 1986 remake of Little Shop of Horrors. I'm a big fan of the 1960 original, so I'm going to say my issue with Frank Oz's version is probably the singing. Not a fan of singing, me. If you have something to say, just say it dammit. And stand still!

My opinion of the film has always been slightly higher because I knew that Oz's original ending to the film involved the main cast all being eaten, the plant going to seed, and the monstrous alien plants consume the entire Earth. It was a mythical ending that made the film better by it's extreme nature, it's shrugging off the cliche of a happy ending, and actually having some balls.

And now it's a myth no more. As it turns out, the footage was actually filmed, but discarded and poorly maintained. And since some poor footage surfaced in the late nineties, producer David Geffer has been restoring the footage, which is now available, fully integrated, on the blu-ray release of The Little Shop of Horrors: Director's Cut. And it's pretty damn fun. Fun enough that I might just give the film another shot.

Via Topless Robot.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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