Anyone who hasn't seen the Rick Moranis version of Little Shop Of Horrors should stand in front of a mirror and take a good, long, hard look at themselves.
I'm not such a huge fan of musicals in general. There are, of course, always a few exemptions to any rule - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and, naturally, the breathtaking Grease 2 (1982) instantly come to mind.
With Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy and the lovely Ellen Greene as Audrey, this movie is a star-studded jamboree and so much dang fun that I've watched it at least eleventy seventy times to date. Truth be known I'll probably pop it on tonight for a little Sunday evening soirée for one. #singlelyfe
The first scene where soul sister singers Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon introduce us to Skid Row, through the power of song, is one of my favourite opening sequences of all time. I think it's something about the camera movement - it's all very fluid and lively.
Rick Moranis as Seymour and Ellen Greene as Audrey are perfectly cast as the couple who have everything in common but no clue that they do. While he's still just a baby, Audrey II is a little cutie of a plant, but he keeps growing and growing and growing and growing...
Meanwhile Steve Martin as the happy gassed up dentist - who also happens to be Audrey's super jerk boyfriend - is getting his rocks off by subjecting his patients to massive amounts of pain. He meets his match with Bill Murray, the patient who gets HIS rocks off by having massive amounts of pain inflicted on HIM. It's hilarious!
Over time Audrey II grows up to be a very big and very sadistic venus fly trap indeed. If you ever have the chance to read about, or see a behind-the-schenes video of, the mechanics of moving that huge beast during filming is jaw-dropping. Well worth it!
Little Shop Of Horrors is a rocking good 90 minutes, and deserves to be seen by way more people. The cast is incredible, the comedy is black, and the songs aren't in the least bit annoying. Not even a little bit! FEED ME SEYMOUR!