Little Shop of Horrors at the 50th New York Film Festival

Ellen Greene

The first proper musical that I watched in my early years was Little Shop of Horrors and it will forever remain as my favourite filmed musical. For the younger me, Ellen Greene was glorious – sure, she had a very strange singing voice, and her love of dentists made her weak, but, WOW, she was really something.

Fast forward to my much older, married self and I’m still in awe of this lady and here’s why – singing after a viewing of the directors cut of the film at the 50th New York Film Festival in 2012, this is Ellen Greene singing emotionally to “Somewhere that’s Green”.

Thanks to Youtube, we can also see composer Alan Menken perform a medley of tracks, though he isn’t quite as alluring!

If you’re as much of a fan of the movie as I am, you’ll probably want to watch the full 37 minute Q&A session that has Frank Oz, Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Kurt Galvoa talking about the film and its recent restoration. At the end of this video is a recording of Howard Ashman singing a song that wasn’t used in the final film.

Be sure to check out my previous post about the animated Little Shop series too!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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2 thoughts on “Little Shop of Horrors at the 50th New York Film Festival

  1. Thanks for posting this. I have the same sentiments for this film as you do. I remember my mother taking me to see this in the theater when I was 9 and I loved every moment of it. It really kicked off my love of musicals and it still my favorite musical film. The dark humor, the plot, the songs and the acting in the film were all top notch.

    I waited years and years for the scrapped ending to make it into mass production DVD and was so happy to pick up my Little Shop Blu-Ray last year. Prior to that, the ending was only available on a DVD that was recalled and pulled from shelves because the rights weren’t secured to use it on the DVD.

  2. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who loves LSofH! The film doesn’t miss a beat and gets everything right in my opinion. I hope that for the remaining history of mankind that nobody thinks a filmed remake is required!

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