Warning: This review may contain strong language, blood and gore.
Still in the Halloween spirit? Then why don’t you head on down to the Randolph Theatre and check out Evil Dead The Musical (not for children). This musical, based on the 1980’s movie series, became a cult classic when it premiered in 2003, directed by Christopher Bond and starring Ryan Ward as Ash. This year’s spectators are in for a real treat, as both the original director and the original star are back for the show.
This show tells the story of a young Housewares employee named Ash and his rambunctious group of friends, who are trying to survive an onslaught of evil zombie demons, brought on by the Book of the Dead. The script is cleverly designed to exploit the many plot errors of Evil Dead movies. However, you don’t have to have seen the movies in order to understand the jokes. The writing is incredibly witty and every moment is hilarious and enjoyable. The cast does a fantastic job at bringing all of their ridiculous characters to life and this production sells the overt cheesiness and archetypal characters that are an integral part of the original movies.
Hands and heads are cut off, people are shot and stabbed and of course, people in the splatter zone get splattered. The use of blood is aesthetically impressive and though it is clear that no one actually gets dismembered, these scenes perfectly encompass the overall satirical style of the play.
This performance uses music created by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and, of course, Christopher Bond. Some side-splitting songs include: Look Who’s Evil Now, What The Fuck Was That, Bit Part Demon and Ode To Accidental Stabbing, which are crucial in adding more moments for laughter and chances for gore. However, this is where my only disappointment lies within the piece. The songs are uproarious, but the instrumental music is a bit over-powering and at times, had me struggling to hear the lyrics.
There’s not much else that I can say without completely spoiling this for you, but if you want to enjoy a good ol’ bloodbath, infused with moments of roaring laughter, this show is definitely worth seeing.
Evil Dead The Musical opened October 29th and runs until December 22nd. The show runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm and 10:30pm; Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets Range from 19.99-79.95. Available online at Ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Splatter Zone warning for the first few rows.