In 1981, The Evil Dead kicked off a series of films that gained an instant cult following and continue to enjoy popularity today, especially with the release of the remake in 2013. Based on the original three films, Evil Dead The Musical traces back to 2003 where it debuted in Toronto and has since become a smash hit in cities around the globe. This weekend, it has stopped over in Austin, a city who loves all things Evil Dead. The atmosphere at the Long Center was
different from the typical theatre going experience. To greet attendees, zombies waited outside the entrance and offered to pose for photos. Inside, countless people were dressed in Evil Dead themed attire, setting the stage for an action-packed show.
When the musical began, the excitement of the audience was palpable and only continued to grow throughout the performance. While the original The Evil Dead was campy, the stage version takes things even further. The hilarity extends to the lyrics, dance moves and silly props as well as the show’s take on the classic characters from the original first and second film. Fans will notice that Army of Darkness is somewhat left out, but the crowd did not seem to mind and enjoyed the slight references to it.
By now, we all know that five college students on their way to “an old abandoned cabin in the woods” can only end one way. In the case of this group, it means evil Candarian demons are unleashed on the cabin, slowly picking off the students as they try to escape the woods to safety. As main character Ash, immortalized by Bruce Campbell in the original film, finds his friends and brand new acquaintances taken down, he must fight the demons alone and save all of mankind.
No production would be complete without a delightful cast, and this lively bunch gave their all to each character and joke. By far, “All The Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons” stands out
as a favorite as well as “Good Old Reliable Jake” which both brought rounds of applause from the audience. The climax succeeded in thrilling by introducing uber-fans to the meaning of the “splatter zone” as those in the first few rows were drenched in blood from the stage.
As with most parodies, fans of the original Evil Dead series will find extra enjoyment in the insider jokes. But non-fans or more recent fans who have only seen the new Evil Dead will still be able to laugh along throughout the production.
WHEN: Through September 21, 2014
The Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704
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