Thousands of North Americans will be looking skyward today (hopefully with proper safety glasses) for a once in a lifetime look at a total eclipse of the Sun. I considered putting a list together of horror movies that feature eclipses (and there are a few), but it seemed like a bit of a stretch. Instead, I thought we’d mark the occasion by revisiting a classic clip from 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors.
Directed by Frank Oz and featuring sterling performances by Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, the musical redux of Roger Corman’s 1960 b-movie became a cinematic hit. One of the most memorable tracks is a simple ditty called Da-Doop; it’s a sort of origin story for the carnivorous plant Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs) and a solar eclipse features prominently. Take a stroll down Memory Lane and take this as a warning should you come across any smiling Venus Flytraps this afternoon. Enjoy!
A Little Shop of Horrors remake’s in the works.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is moving forward with a new incarnation of Little Shop of Horrors, with Greg Berlanti set to direct and Matthew Robinson writing the script. This one will be a musical, a fresh version of the 30-year-old Frank Oz-directed film. That was based on the Roger Corman-directed 1960 low-budget sci-fi campy tale about a clumsy young man who raises a plant, discovers it is carnivorous and kills to keep it fed. There is a memorable scene with Jack Nicholson as a pain-seeking dental patient in the original, replicated in the musical by Bill Murray. Marc Platt is producing. The 1986 film was scripted by Howard Ashman from his off-Broadway musical, with tunes crafted with his frequent collaborator Alan Menken. Sarah Schechter is exec producer.
For kicks, have a look at the trailer for 1986’s Little Shop below.
Official Synopsis: Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.