‘Feed me, Seymour’ – Little Shop of Horrors, 1986/2012

Hello again. I know it’s been a little while, but now I am no longer on my summer holidays and I am back at work now, so I am back!

Anyway, last night I was at a book release for Daisy Butcher’s new book Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic which is part of the British Library Tales of the Weird collection. Part of this release was to see the Director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors which sticks to the main plot of the musical, rather than the happy ending that we have all originally seen. This cut was released in 2012, nearly 30 years after the original release. Let’s just say… it’s REALLY different.

That smile… doesn’t anyone want to feed Audrey II? – Little Shop of Horrors, Warner Bros, 1986/2012


So why a director’s cut? Apparently, during production, the director (Frank Oz) shot a 23-minute ending based on the off-Broadway musical’s ending. Unfortunately, after audiences at the preview screenings did not react positively to it, the ending had to be rewritten and re-shot for the theatrical release with a happier ending. Therefore, the Director’s cut is scarier than the original cut. For one, people die. I won’t say which people. But people. Audrey II is much more evil than she… he… it? was before. In fact, and if you’ve seen the play version this will be no surprise, Audrey II duplicates. A lot. Let’s put it this way – humanity does not win. According to Oz and Warner Bros. this is the intended ending of the movie. I’d love to know why audiences needed the happy ending. This ending made much more sense to me. It was 23 minutes of footage I had never seen, which honestly brought the movie to life even more. There’s no way we could currently win against Audrey II, especially Seymour and Audrey (the original) who have no powers to defeat it.

You can find Little Shop of Horrors on Prime Video, and you can find Daisy’s book here (for a discounted price at the moment!).

Have you seen the original or director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors? Which do you prefer? Leave a comment down below!

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