While searching around for recent information regarding the still-in-production Evil Dead remake, I stumbled upon something that absolutely blew my mind: Evil Dead The Musical.
That’s right a musical based off the classic cult horror film series The Evil Dead. The musical features plotlines from the whole Evil Dead series, but it primarily features the characters and storyline of the original Evil Dead film. The comedy and writing is more comedic than horrifying, like that of Army of Darkness.
The musical is also rather messy, featuring explosive blood and gore. In fact, the three rows of seats closest to the stage is called the splatter zone, because the musical includes explosive blood and gore. According to the website, Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Audience members sitting in the splatter zone are encouraged to wear trashy clothing, because they will get covered with gory props and fake blood.
For those individuals who dislike either Evil Dead or musicals, the website has something to say: You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun this show is for you.
Although the musical began back in 2003, in Toronto, Ontario, it has since spread all about the world, from Tokyo to Kalamazoo, becoming a cult classic of its own. Current and future productions are listed here:
- Vancouver, BC Opens May 3, 2012
- Las Vegas, NV Opens June 22, 2012
- Fredericton, NB Opens July 7, 2012
- Wilmington, DE Opens July 28, 2012
- Calgary, AB Opens August 14, 2012
- Manitowoc, WI Opens October 31, 2012 (Halloween!)
- Fort Collins, CO Opens April 11, 2013
If you find yourself close to any one of the current or upcoming shows, definitely check it out. We’re expecting to hit one of them won’t say which one but you may see the Fright team in the splatter zone.