Liberating ‘Evil Dead’ revels in its vulgarity

Originally posted to EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL site 9/24/13 – You’ll be seeing a lot of these archival posts from my days with EVIL DEAD to make sure they don’t get lost in case the original site goes down. Plus it is a bit of fun to stroll down memory lane…

Originally Posted October 18, 2011

I find it hard to believe anyone could see “Evil Dead: The Musical” and not have a good time. It’s full of half-dead humans that pop out of trees, hearty squirts of blood that spill into the audience, and slowly severed body parts. What’s not to like?

The plot — part “Blair Witch Project,” “Rocky Horror Show” and every zombie movie ever made — finds five college students squatting in an isolated, seemingly deserted cabin. We immediately notice something ominous: There’s a chain saw hanging on the wall, and somehow we know it’s not going to stay there.

The bad spirits start infecting the good, and the evening climaxes with a prolonged battle in which a housewares employee (Ben Stobber) summons up his courage and single-handedly battles an entire colony of baddies (aided by humorously brutal and realistic fight choreography).

Director Sirc Michaels (aka Chris Palkow) and cast keep the energy pumped. When you laugh, you’re confident there’s a bigger joke just around the corner.

Its main appeal is gross-out and vulgarity; it’s as if the authors and director said, “Let’s do everything onstage that our drama teachers, ministers and parents said we must never do.” It’s liberating.

Hey guys! Chris Palkow aka Sirc Michaels here. I wanted to reiterate that this is NOT my original story, but it IS something I give a crap about! I hope you find it informative and interesting! Leave your comments and share!


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