Frank Oz’s 1986 cinematic musical Little Shop of Horrors is returning to theaters for 1-night-only on October 29th courtesy of Fathom Events. This won’t just be a rare opportunity to see Little Shop on the big screen for the first time in decades, it’ll be screened with its original ending.
Most fans of the film know that the original from 1960 (directed by Roger Corman with a cameo from a young Jack Nicholson), and the Broadway Play it inspired, had a different, more pessimistic ending than Oz’s version. In that film, the giant plant eats everyone and sprouts pods; the pods blossom revealing the heads of its victims.
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1986’s Little Shop has a happy, triumphant ending, but that wasn’t originally the case. In keeping with the original, Oz planned a sad ending, but test audiences hated it. Bowing to studio pressure, Oz caved, and we got the conclusion everyone knows and loves. It’s worth noting, though, that Oz’s ending wasn’t a carbon-copy of Corman’s; it was very original and nothing short of apocalyptic!
Check it out in the video below; the differences from the theatrical release begin about 4 minutes in. Not only does Audrey II kill ‘em all, we’re told that similar events have transpired nationwide. The film ends with numerous Audreys knocking down more buildings than the aliens in Independence Day! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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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.