Anything in the Evil Dead franchise has plot holes, inconsistencies, and lacks anything on character development (unless going from housewares retail to chainsaw wielding bad-ass is your idea of growth.) What is does have is blood, dismemberment, blood, demons, blood, and fun. These films are not for everyone, but I feel a kinship with anyone who appreciates this special type of humor.
Evil Dead: The Musical? That is an idea so silly, that it just might work. Sitting in my seat waiting for the curtain to raise, I was noticing the plastic covering the floor in the rows in front of me. I had no idea what to truly expect from the production, but I knew the tour group must have had something right if they had a splatter zone.
I loved it! The musical tapped into the silliness of Evil Dead. It doesn’t take its self seriously, breaks the fourth wall, and pulls in all the great lines we deadites love to quote. It was less of a theater experience and more of a big, over-the-top Evil Dead party.
There are some jokes that fall flat and songs that go on too long, but the production gets so many things right about the franchise that it was hard to hold the flaws against it.
Thankfully, I found that the soundtrack is on Spotify and I recommend anyone who is curious to give it a listen. Silly and even stupid, but fun.
[Thanks to ‘The Very Bad Luck of Evil Dead’s Ash’ for the gifs]