8 fun facts about Little Shop Of Horrors

Posted on 22 October 2019
By Khyle Deen
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Our great friends over at VideOdyssey, the UK’s last video shop, are hosting an immersive screening of Little Shop Of Horrors. this weekend in Liverpool.

The 1986 movie stars Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, John Candy and more. It’s a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name, and is directed by Frank Oz.

Ahead of VideOdyssey’s event, we’re running down 8 facts all about the Venus flytrap featuring flick.

1) Little Shop Of Horrors is the only movie that stars both comedy legends Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

2) The puppeteers who designed and operated Audrey II were veterans of the Jim Henson company. One of the operators was Brian Henson, Jim’s son. The movie also features Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson, who has a cameo as one of Orin’s patients.

3) The movie inspired a board game by Milton Bradley called “Feed Me!”, the game was released in 1987, in which players had to drop marbles in the giant fly trap’s mouth.

4) Ellen Greene as Audrey (I) is the only member of the Off-Broadway cast to appear in this film. When she originated the role in 1982, it was her idea to wear a blond wig over her brunette curly hair. Howard Ashman originally saw Audrey as a brunette, based on Jackie Joseph’s look in the original The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

5 The filmmakers originally offered the role of Audrey to Cyndi Lauper before casting original stage star Ellen Greene. Lauper wanted the part, but couldn’t commit due to her recording/touring schedule at the time. Madonna was also reportedly considered for the role.

6) Both of the movies that Steve Martin appeared in during 1986 featured singing plants; ¡Three Amigos! (1986) had the Singing Bush, and this movie had Audrey II.

7) There are three different casting connections: John Candy and Steve Martin in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Bill Murray and Rick Moranis in the Ghostbusters movies; and Rick Moranis and John Candy in Spaceballs.

8)The neon sign “CHOOZ” blinks the “OZ”; director Frank Oz’s surname

Now you now a fair bunch of interesting facts about Little Shop Of Horrors, grab your ticket and head down to VideOdyssey this weekend for a fully immersive experience and special screening of Little Shop Of Horrors.

Tickets and full details can be found here.