Excerpt: Little Shop of Horrors first appeared on film as a cheesy, 1960 Roger Corman flick remembered mainly for a young Jack Nicholson in a supporting role. Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken later used the plot as the basis for their dark, Motown-inspired, 1982 Off-Broadway musical comedy. The stage version ended with the plant eating Audrey and Seymour—and ultimately the entire human race.
Excerpt: Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters ) is down on his luck, working at a flower shop in Skid Row. One day, during a total eclipse of the sun, Seymour finds a strange plant and experiments on it, trying to find out what kind it is. He names the plant Audrey II, after his beautiful, squeaky-voiced co-worker Audrey, (Ellen Greene, Pushing Daisies ).
Summary: In the beginning, there was a 1960 cult classic that Roger Corman shot in two days, just to see if he could. It featured an early performance by Jack Nicholson and was otherwise ideal material for Mystery Science Theater 3000 . Producer David Geffen thought it was the worst idea for a musical he'd ever heard.
Conclusion: 'Little Shop of Horrors' is an amazing musical film. The cast knocked it out of the park, and this is by far the best I have ever seen the film look and sound. It's a real treat to finally get that infamous alternated ending on home video. I do wish some of the other extras were updated though. In my opinion, musical horror comedies don't get better than this. Highly recommended.