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Little Shop Of Horrors

This hugely entertaining maneating plant musical comedy under-performed at the 1986 box office only to end up a video hit. But this isn't the same film you might remember.

As well as the original version, we're finally getting the director's cut where [spoiler alert] everyone dies and the plants take over the world, with some Godzilla-sized flowers laying waste to New York amping up the B-movie creature-feature spirit. Sleight-of-hand master Frank Oz directs and pulls off the split-second timing that pre-cgi movies like this demanded – almost every shot contains some kind of trick. The songs are catchy, Steve Martin gives the best example of scene-stealing ever, and there are cameos from John Candy, Bill Murray and Christopher Guest. More than anything though, either cut is a showcase for the considerable talents of Rick Moranis, »

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