Little Shop Of Horrors.1986.Frank OzNovember.19.2009
The eighties gave us theatre-to-film musicales without the need of sexy and beautiful stars like Chicago or Moulin Rouge. A campy-feel, a talking plant, and a crazy dentist mixing it all up with upbeat music is still a good film for us living in the world of superficial beauty and CGI. And using Rick Moranis for the lead role of Seymour Krelborn, seals the deal.
Basically, the story takes place on a flower / plant shop that ends up having a man-eating plant as its main attraction. It shows the moral dilemma of Krelborn on whether he would feed the plant or not.
I have a great respect to the films of the eighties; especially the ones shown in the middle of that decade. Even if they provide topless scenes, such as in one of those Revenge Of The Nerds films, it is not actually necessary since they don’t put importance on nudity. And if this film is sold to the consumers today, I’m sure they’ll be asking a little skin to whoever will take the role of Audrey.
That’s why this film is great. It embarked on the comedy, horror, and musicale genre. The director, Frank Oz, gave us a good lead with Moranis (Honey I Shrunk The Kids) and a good villain Steve Martin (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). Oz also provided us good cameo appearances from the great comedians of the eighties with the likes of James Belushi, John Candy, and Bill Murray.
I was informed that the original theater story’s final scenes, which I was able to catch in one of that Shang-rila Repertoire plays featuring Aiza Seguerra, were changed after shown in a test audience. Given the original idea and the fact that eighties films are being remade one after another then they could just use the storyline that wasn’t shown to us.
For the sole and simple reason that films like this shouldn’t be deposit to the “remake” queue. Such film is actually good as it is.