Win It Wednesday - Little Shop Of Horrors Feature by Jennifer Rhodes Cleere & Dave Christy PLUS Giveaway!
Different things usually catch my eyes, whether it be movies or tv shows. I’m drawn into the unusual. The movie I want to talk about now is no exception, and that’s "Little Shop of Horrors". I’m sure we’ve all seen this movie by now and yes, it’s also a musical. Since I love musicals. I don’t mind. This movie is about Seymour and his love for Audrey and unusual plants. Walking down the street one day there’s solar eclipse and suddenly a strange plant appears, which he buys. Taking it to the flower shop, he names it Audrey II, and tries to get it to grow. As it starts to die, he can’t figure out what to do until he realizes Audrey II is alive, and needs blood to grow. That’s when the story gets interesting, but I’ll leave it there if you haven’t watched this wonderful classic yet. I hope I grabbed your attention and you will now check it out.
Jennifer Rhodes Cleere met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
What else can be said about the quirky little movie with a spectacular cast-- Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray! I made the mistake of going to the dentist after watching this movie. Not a good idea! The only thing left to say if the footage you probably didn't see.
Unless you are total movie buff like me and dig into special editions and bonus features, you may not know about the original ending of Little Shop of Horrors. It’s a shame too, because the original ending took a lot of work. Test audiences hated the ending so it ended up on the cutting room floor. It was back to the drawing board to rewrite and reshoot. The entire 23-minute version of the finale was scrapped. They wanted a happy ending and this was anything but happy. It was downright catastrophic. Audrey II attacked Audrey and her dying body is fed to the plant by Seymour. Seymour confronts Audrey II and is eaten alive. Tiny Audrey II's were replicated from cuttings and sold worldwide. Their global domination begins.
All the little Audrey II's are rising up and attacking people in their homes and on the streets. Terror ensues as the entire world is in chaos. Granted, this is very dark, especially for the times. But the time this must have taken to film all this and for it to not be seen for many years afterward is a crime. Remember, this was before CGI. All this was done with puppets and constructing miniatures. The end result looks amazing, especially for 1986. There is a director's cut Blu-ray available now if you enjoy dark endings. It is also listed separately as a bonus feature if you just want to see the amazing work the puppeteers had done.
Melanie here - Fun Fact - the Off Broadway Show AND an earlier 1960 film version have the original style ending! Also the alternate ending wasn't made available in any format until 2012!
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
And Now For The Giveaway!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away a "Prize Pack" featuring Little Shop Of Horrors on DVD sent in by Jennnifer Rhodes Cleere, and some things from the Melanie's Muses Prize collection -including some awesome Roswell Alien stuff sent in by Amanda Horton, Postcard, Pin, Earrings, Stickers, and Tattoos (All randomly from the prize hoard)
For your chance to win- leave a comment ON THIS POST ON THE WEBSITE (comments left on shares around other social media WILL NOT COUNT) - Telling Us What Would Be The ONE Thing That You Would Prefer NOT To Be In Your Own Shop Of Horrors? (Mine would be a ventriloquist dummy - Ever since Magic with Anthony Hopkins lol)
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments. Other comments about the article are very welcome but only entrants with the qulifying comments will go in the hat! What you ask for will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on January 17th 2021 (and then posted here on the blog as well on the 18th. Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!