Exciting news for Rick Moranis fans: one of his best movies will be heading back to theaters! Not only that, but it will actually have a new ending that has never been seen in theaters before!
Little Shop of Horrors was originally released back in 1986, and was one of the classic Rick Moranis movies that made us all fall in love with him in the 80s. He played the main character, Seymour, who runs a flower shop when he discovers his plant can talk.
The plant turns out to be not just your average talking plant. It has a murderous streak and convinces Seymour to kill a bunch of people. Long story short, the plant reveals itself to be an alien from outer space, and is eventually killed by Seymour.
Or at least that's what they wanted you to think...
The new ending that will be released with the movie when it returns to theaters on October 29th and 31st is a lot darker than the original.
The movie actually had to be changed after it was first screened because the ending was too upsetting. Finally, after all these years, they feel like we can handle it.
Testing audiences loved the movie, but found the ending to completely spoil it. The director, Frank Oz, said that "The audiences loved (the movie), I felt like I was on a wonderful Hawaiian island lying on the sand. Until the two characters they love dearly get killed," says Oz. "And then it was an icebox. It was palpable. Killing them was a disaster."
They had based the movie on an off-Broadway play, which is why Oz felt like it worked for that audience. He said, "We wanted to be true to the show, in which both characters died and the plant won. But in theater, (a character) dies and then comes back to take a bow," Oz says. "In movies, the great lesson is you die and you die. You don’t come back for a bow. That’s what upset the audience. And I learned a great lesson."
Oz changed the ending so that Seymour would get to win against the plant. It didn't do super well at the box office, only really finding it's true following when it was released on VHS.
The original ending was been left behind until 2012, when Warner Bros. finally released it. "They spent more than a year getting the old footage that we didn’t throw away," says Oz. "They went down to the caves to find that and reconstitute it, make the sound effects, re-do part of the music and the mix, re-colorize it and cut it back in."