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Really Awful Movies: Ep 279 – Little Shop of Horrors



A casting director’s dream of a movie, Little Shop of Horrors features Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, John Candy, and Christopher Guest.

It’s a creature feature with songs, but in this case…the creature in question is a plant, the incomparable Venus Fly Trap, Audrey II.

This is a fun one, with a showstopping scene involving a sadistic dentist (is there any other kind?)

During production, director Oz shot a lengthy ending based on the off-Broadway musical on which this 1986 production is based. However, after test audiences did not react positively to it, the ending had to be rewritten and re-shot for the theatrical release with a happier, cloyingly romantic ending. We obviously prefer the carnage.

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we talk about pharmaceuticals, musicals, fear of dentists, horticulture, and the legacy of the late, great John Candy.


Really Awful Movies: Ep 274 – Man’s Best Friend



Not so much a shaggy dog story as an angry dog story, Man’s Best Friend is a forgotten 90s New Line Cinema release that has an attack dog, Max, who has escaped from a top-secret laboratory run by the always excellent Lance Henriksen.

And you know when good ol’ LH is in a horror flick you’re in for some top-notch grimacing (and a healthy, heaping dose of menacing too).

Ally Sheedy plays a journalist, who is investigating abuses at an animal lab. She and her producer want a scoop, and sneak into the facility, releasing Max…and Max is an attack dog, genetically modified from bear/tiger/chimp and it should be said, very stupidly, chameleon parts.

The journalist rescues the dog from its pen, only to find out it…is quite vicious and will stop at nothing to attack anyone in its path.

We love our animal attack movies. You give us an animal attacking someone, and we’re thrilled. We don’t give a crap (or a rat’s ass) if it’s a rabbit like Night of the Lepus, or a gila monster from that…um…gila monster movie we podcasted. The best ones, of course, are Jaws and Alligator. But even the worst ones have something to commend about them. Especially when, well..Man’s Best Friend is involved.

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