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Sort order. Oct 09, Warren rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure how I'd classify this book. Loosely it fits the designation "horror", but that's not quite right. You don't get the trappings of what would ordinarily be considered part of the horror genre — there are no chainsaws, no axe murderers, no demons inhabiting teen girls and making them spew pea soup everywhere.

Instead you have stories that are unsettling, that leave lasting impressions, that insinuate themselves into your mind and sort of … settle in and get comfortable, in a way that's I'm not sure how I'd classify this book.

Instead you have stories that are unsettling, that leave lasting impressions, that insinuate themselves into your mind and sort of … settle in and get comfortable, in a way that's almost welcome, but offset with a vague sense of unease. Common themes seem to be narrators' self-recrimination, a sense that they are somehow inadequate, that they spend time in the land of "If only I'd done that one thing differently…" Some of the difficulty in classification is because Gerrold, rather than going for the gore, uses description of sensations and experiences.

The first story in this collection, "Skinflowers", is superb in this regard. There are tactile and olfactory referents throughout the tale that are vivid … and considerably more unsettling than the conclusion — which was, I'm sure, the point. The story is about regret and poignancy, coupled with a child's fear … and an unexpected strength that surfaces when all else appears to have failed. The nightmare scenario really seems more like a vehicle to tell a tale of sorrow and resilience, rather than the focus of the story.

There's a wryness underneath this narrative, a trickster that takes you down the conventional path of all-your-charms-not-working, but leaves you in a place not fully anticipated, and quite satisfying. There are moments in this story that are genuinely affecting, but nothing at all which is remotely horrifying or even slightly scary. That's not a failure in the story; such moments would have been terribly out of place. Instead, it's something that goes into just enough detail to make you think — mostly about how you would handle the events in the story yourself.

The tale becomes genuinely eerie in places, and might not be the kind of thing you'll want to ruminate on too much if you happen to be on a long midnight trip through silent, dark countryside.

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True to the short-story form, it's a sketch that leaves it to you to fill in the details, in all the best ways. The other tales are more playful, I think. It just about had me convinced, anyway. Something about "…And Eight Rabid Pigs" makes me think the story is somewhat slightly a little bit about Harlan Ellison, but I can't be certain.

It does play with the idea of how legends come to be, and how they interact with their creators. Do we tell such stories because we need them, or do the stories need us to tell them? Gerrold's wonderfully-brief introduction might suggest how he feels about this notion. Overall this is a nice little sampler, a sort of Whitman's box of goodies to nibble at. There are a few minor editorial inconsistencies — mostly having to do with comma-splices, which in at least one case might simply be the narrator's voice — but not enough to prevent enjoyment. After finishing the book, the only thing that left me truly dissatisfied was the genre label itself … but then, that's hardly Gerrold's fault.

He's produced here a collection of stories that defies any easy classification, and that is a mark of a writer whose ability goes far beyond the conventional tropes in every genre. Disclosure: I'm Facebook-friended by Mr. Gerrold, but that's not the reason for the 5-star rating. The reason for the rating is because I keep coming back to these stories in my mind. They made me think. That's a good thing. May 15, Steve rated it liked it. Short collection of horror stories..

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The final story, the award-winning "Night Train to Paris" is especially good. These aren't really "horror" stories, though they are all scary in more ways than one. The cause of the thing that's causing the horror ugh is pretty much never explained, as in the story about the girl who is having bad dreams caused by something under her bed, and the dog she gets to protect her, and in the Train story. The endings are almost like punchlines, they pack a shallop Short collection of horror stories..

The plant was made in six different stages of growth and there were three different versions of Mushnik's shop, making it possible for two units to work with different sized plants at the same time. Each of the talking plants had to be cleaned, re-painted and patched up at the end of each shooting day, which would take up to three hours depending on the size. The "Suppertime" number uses two different sizes of Audrey II. When the plant is singing all alone in the shop, it is actually a smaller size: the same size as when it sang "Feed Me", but now standing on a scaled down set to make it look larger.

The full size one that is seen to interact with Seymour and Mushnik was not provided with lip movement, but was built to swallow Mushnik's mechanical legs. During Audrey II's final stage of growth, 60 operators were necessary to operate the one-ton puppet.

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Oz and Ashman wanted to retain the ending of the musical where Seymour and Audrey die and the plant succeeds and takes over the city of New York, but Geffen was actually against it. The model department was supervised by Richard Conway, known for his model work on Flash Gordon and Brazil. He created the bridge, the buildings, several Audrey IIs and created all of it, all on tabletop.

It's all old-fashioned, tabletop animation" [3] [although no stop motion animation was used in the film or in the ending]. Oz said, "For every musical number, there was applause, they loved it, it was just fantastic It was awful and the cards were just awful.

You have to have a 55 percent "recommend" to really be released and we got a It was a complete disaster. Geffen agreed to this, but they received the same negative reaction as before. They're gone and so the audience lost the people they loved, as opposed to the theater audience where they knew the two people who played Audrey and Seymour were still alive. They loved those people, and they hated us for it. Oz and Ashman scrapped Audrey and Seymour's grim deaths and the finale rampage, and Ashman rewrote a happier ending, with Jim Belushi replacing Paul Dooley who was unavailable for the re-shoot as Patrick Martin.

The musical number "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" was left mostly intact from the original cut, with new shots of Audrey observing from a window added in. A brief sequence from the "Mean Green Mother" number was also removed in which Seymour fires his revolver at Audrey II, only to discover that the bullets ricochet harmlessly off of the plant.

This happy ending is made somewhat ambiguous, however, with a final shot of a smiling Audrey II bud in Seymour and Audrey's front yard. Tisha Campbell was unavailable for the final appearance of the chorus girls in the yard and was replaced with a lookalike seen only from the waist down.

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It was very dissatisfying for both of us that we couldn't do what we wanted. So creatively, no, it didn't satisfy us and being true to the story. But we also understood the realities that they couldn't release the movie if we had that ending.


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This scene was re-shot and the reprise was placed later in the new ending. Before it was a point where they hated it so much, Warner probably wouldn't even release the movie", Oz said.

Little Shop of Horrors , after a delay needed to complete the revised ending, was released on December 19, and was anticipated to do strong business over the holiday season. However, it became a smash hit upon its home video release in on VHS and Beta. The general consensus states: "Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp , horror and catchy tunes in equal measure—plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray. This is the kind of movie that cults are made of, and after Little Shop finishes its first run, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it develop as one of those movies that fans want to include in their lives".

Geffen said, "They put out a black-and-white, un-scored, un-dubbed video copy of the original ending that looked like shit. Geffen wanted to theatrically re-release the film with the original ending intact.

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But Geffen had not known, until after the DVD was pulled, that the studio did not know there was a colored copy of the original ending in existence. During the talk, he announced that the film would be released as a new special edition with the original ending restored. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For other uses, see Little Shop of Horrors. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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