- Audrey II: Must be blood.
Seymour: Twoey, that's disgusting.
Audrey II: Must be fresh.
Seymour: I don't wanna hear this!
It might have cool numbers, but the word "Horrors" is right there in the title. This is not a friendly show.
- The most basic concept of the show: that with the right motivation, anyone could be talked into killing people for their own personal gain. Even you.
- "Now (It's Just the Gas)" is a creepy song in what's already a pretty creepy show. Especially Orin's realization that he's about to die, and he can't do anything but plead with Seymour to help him.Though I giggle and I chortle,
bear in mind, I'm not immortal.
Why this whole thing strikes me funny,
I don't know...
'Cause it really is a rotten way to go!
- Some productions really play up Orins line or relieved/my end is nearing, by having it be one of the only lines he doesnt sing while laughing. Hes come to the horrifying realization that the one person who could possibly help him isnt going to, not because he cant, but because he wants Orin to die.
- Orin's practice can be this, especially if you hate going to the dentist already. With how brutal and sadistic he is, one can't help but wonder if his mama told him to become a dentist in an effort to keep him from becoming a serial killer.
- "Suppertime" in general is a very eerie number, especially with the urchins emerging from seemingly out of nowhere to egg Seymour on.Come on, come on... It's suppertiiiiiiime...
- Even creepier in the movie, which unlike the stage show, plays the scene completely straight. Of special note is the way Audrey II slowly drops its head and opens its mouth behind Mushnik's back. As Seymour slowly, subtly backs Mushnik closer and closer to Twoie's gaping maw, you can see him wrestling with the decision, terrified of what's about to happen.
- "Suppertime Reprise" is debatable for being a Dark Reprise because both are equally frightening, particularly with that sinister bassline both renditions share.
- During "Some Fun Now", the teeny-tiny Audrey II guzzling blood from an increasingly-anemic Seymour, just a hint at the appetite to come.
- When Audrey II has grown too big to be fed from Seymour's finger anymore and has started talking, Seymour demands, "What do you want me to do, slit my wrists?" The plant's response is nonverbal, and varies from production to production, but is almost always perfectly clear: Twoey doesn't think that's such a bad idea. In the film, Stubbs gives an expectant happy sigh. Applies in-universe, as Seymour recoils in horror at this response.
- When done right, "Don't Feed the Plants" can be downright unnerving, with everyone running in terror as Audrey II takes over the world, a now monstrously huge Audrey II puppet menacing the audience and you see what happens to Orin, Mushnik, Audrey and Seymour after they're eaten. They're stuck in an And I Must Scream situation as sentient flowers on Audrey II's vines, warning people not to feed the plants. Oftentimes, Audrey II will lean out and take a menacing CHOMP at the front row mid-song. Oh, and some productions have vines drop from the ceiling to get one last jump out of the audience. Sleep tight!
- The act one finale is chilling, though how much depends on the skill of the actors involved and how much the director chooses to show. (And, of course, your own personal tolerance for blood.) In some productions, we're, er, treated to a full view of Seymour feeding Orin's bloody remains to the plant, while in others, we only see it in silhouette. Then, as the music rises, Audrey II descends into hysterical laughter while Seymour watches. "What a creepy thing to be happening," indeed.
- And here's the uncut workprint footage from the 1986 film, for good measure.
- Audrey IIs babies in Mean Green Mother From Outer Space. Theyre so horrifyingly nauseating to look at.
- The Pasadena Playhouse production (starring George Salazar) deserves special mention for their uniquely horrifying take on Audrey II. In a radical departure from the traditional "fly trap" design, this version opens its mouth like a blooming lily flower; at first it's actually pretty adorable, and it stays relatively small even throughout Act II... however, this is only its normal form. When the time comes to devour Audrey, it grows into an enormous (and much more monstrous) body◊ with long tentacles and More Teeth than the Osmond Family. Suddenly, its looks less like a blooming lily and more like the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.
- This production's version of Seymour's death may be one of the most disturbing ones yet. First he fights off the plant's tentacles before grabbing the machete to "kill it from the inside" like usual. Then the back curtains suddenly grow teeth and transform into Audrey II's mouth, suggesting that the plant has grown so big, Seymour can run directly into its throat! As the climactic music finishes, all you hear is the nauseating sounds of crunching bones and squishing flesh as Audrey II's many, MANY teeth chomp down on its former owner.