Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors DIRECTOR’S CUT

Jan 22, 2024 7:00PM


Performing Arts Center, Moe Auditorium & Film Center - 10150 Bonita Beach Road

Cost $8

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Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors Director’s Cut” is a remarkable cinematic gem that brings a fresh perspective to the beloved 1986 musical comedy-horror classic. In this revised edition, Oz, celebrated for his work as a puppeteer and director, provides audiences with an intriguing alternative ending that was the first ending devised for the film, only to be changed before release. This Director’s Cut invites viewers to delve deeper into the darkly comedic world of Seymour Krelborn and his insatiable, carnivorous plant, Audrey II.

Oz’s visionary touch shines throughout the film, with his deft directorial hand seamlessly blending elements of humor, horror, and romance. The colorful and eccentric characters come to life in a vibrant, urban setting, making the story’s absurdity feel perfectly at home. The standout performances from Rick Moranis as the nerdy Seymour and Ellen Greene as the lovable Audrey remain just as endearing and entertaining as ever.

As many know, the music in the film is nothing short of spectacular, captivating audiences with its infectious melodies and memorable tunes. Composed by the legendary Alan Menken and featuring lyrics by Howard Ashman, the soundtrack is a masterclass in musical storytelling. The songs are a perfect blend of catchy pop rhythms and clever, witty lyrics that not only advance the plot but also leave an indelible mark on the viewer’s memory. From the enchanting “Somewhere That’s Green” to the audacious “Feed Me (Git It),” the music adds an extra layer of depth and emotion to the film, making it a true musical masterpiece.

However, it’s the film’s ending that truly distinguishes this Director’s Cut. Oz’s decision to include the original conclusion adds a layer of complexity to the story, challenging our preconceived notions of good and evil while providing a more faithful adaptation of the stage musical. “Little Shop of Horrors Director’s Cut” is a must-see for fans of the original and newcomers alike, offering a unique glimpse into Frank Oz’s directorial vision and a deeper appreciation of this beloved cult classic.

Frank Oz is a prolific American filmmaker and puppeteer known for his significant contributions to the entertainment industry. He gained widespread recognition for his work with Jim Henson’s Muppets, performing iconic characters like Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, and co-creating the endearing, green frog, Kermit. Beyond his puppetry, Oz transitioned into directing, with notable films such as “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” His exceptional talent for blending humor with pathos is evident in his diverse body of work, and his unique directorial style has earned him a well-deserved place in the annals of cinematic history.