10/10/2012 01:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Little Shop Of Horrors' Ending Was Originally More Disastrous, Less Happy (VIDEO)

Suddenly, Seymour is dead -- along with everyone else on Earth. That's how things originally wrapped up in "Little Shop of Horrors," the 1986 cult classic based on the Off-Broadway musical of the same name (which itself was based on the 1960 cult film from Roger Corman).

The 1986 film changed the downbeat ending of the "Little Shop" story after test-screening audiences universally panned the denouement, but now -- thanks to the recent Blu-ray release of the horror-comedy -- you can watch Audrey II have his revenge. In color. (The previously released alternate ending was only available in black and white.)

"It was a complete disaster," director Frank Oz said to EW.com last year about test screenings of the infamous first cut of "Little Shop of Horrors." "Howard [Ashman] and I knew what we had to do: We had to cut that ending and make it a happy ending, or a satisfying ending. We didn't want to, but we understood they couldn't release it with that kind of a reaction. [Audiences] loved the two leads so much that when we killed them, they felt bereft."

Now you can feel bereft all over again. Watch a portion of the "Little Shop of Horrors" ending above. The theatrical ending can be found below.

[via i09]

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