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Review of "Evil Dead: The Musical" 11/1/17 By Karl
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"Ash vs. Evil Dead" premiered on Starz Halloween 2015, with a season 2 release of September 27, 2016. I was surprised to hear that 2017 would have no Ash until February 25, 2018. It was just my luck, though, that "Evil Dead: the Musical" would be played in my city. I wanted to go in with minimal research or expectations, so I decided to book my tickets based off their webpage, which has Bruce Campbell quoting “Evil Dead the Musical was everything I hoped it would be: outrageous, high-energy, and really fuckin’ funny.” With that alone, I booked two tickets to the October 29th showing and selected “Splash Zone.”

The night of the show, we took our trash bag covered seats and were handed ponchos and goggles. This was definitely going to be a bloody, interactive experience. The play began as a sort of mix between the movies "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2," but at the same time, nothing like either. Four friends, and one Karl and Adrianarecently joined women that Scott seemingly picked up the night before, all traveled to the cabin in the woods to drink and smoke marijuana. Normally I would be fine with a little artistic creativity, but the portrayal of the stupidity of these kids was just horribly wrong. A marijuana scene begins where all the characters, save Cheryl, are eating special brownies and dragging along the “story” in such an uneducated, stereotypical depiction of marijuana intoxication that I begun to think this play was written by a middle schooler. It had nothing to do with any of the story lines of any of the Evil Deads and had no point in even being included in this musical.

Finally, around the 1 hour point of the musical, it began to get truly bloody. Intermission follows a scene where Ash is cutting up Linda. Blood spurts from the back and sides of the theater (from what I assume are super-soaker-filled blood guns) and ends up with a bloody mess. At the end of intermission, I returned to my seat.  When the play resumed, it immediately picked up where it left off, with blood guns blazing and shooting the audience with gallons of crimson liquid. The stand out song in the whole musical was “What the Fuck Was That”, a duet by Ash and Scott. If every song had been of similar quality, it would have definitely changed the entire mood of the play. “Good Old Reliable Jake” was another successfully funny song, which introduced the character Jake, a hillbilly from "Evil Dead 2" that leads Ed and Annie to the cabin to find Annie’s father.

After seeing the show, the best part of it was how immersive it was: blood, deadite green slop, and characters interacting with audience members. If you are an Evil Dead fan, I would recommend seeing this show in the splash zone, but otherwise, there are not too many redeeming qualities about it. I probably wouldn’t see it again unless it was a much larger production, or if it was revised to be more well-written.  However, I enjoyed the experience and am glad I went. 

MORE INFORMATION:

STARZ SERVES UP ANOTHER ASH-KICKING DOSE OF "ASH VS EVIL DEAD," SEASON THREE TO PREMIERE FEBRUARY 25

Starz Releases Official Season Three Teaser Key Art

Beverly Hills, Calif. - October 4, 2017 - Grab your chainsaws and watch out for Deadites because the grooviest show on TV returns in all its Ash-kicking splendor with more grisly battles, ghoulish banter and more blood-drenched fun than ever. The highly anticipated 10-episode third season of STARZ Original horror-comedy series "Ash vs Evil Dead" will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9PM ET/PT.

The wickedly gore-filled series stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the "Necronomicon;" Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash's loyal sidekick and eternal optimist; and Dana DeLorenzo returns as Kelly Maxwell, orphaned in Season One and ready to kick some evil ass. The upcoming season also finds Ash discovering his long lost daughter, Brandy Barr, played by newcomer Arielle Carver-O'Neill ("House Husbands," "Suburbs," "Conspiracy 365").

The third season finds Ash's status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby's fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn't done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell serve as executive producers on Season Three along with Ivan Raimi and Rick Jacobson. Mark Verheiden serves as Showrunner with Producer Moira Grant.

New and long-time Evil Dead fans can catch up on Seasons One and Two of the STARZ Original series "Ash vs Evil Dead" on the STARZ app.

And visit the official Ash Facebook Page and follow @AshvsEvilDead on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #AshvsEvilDead and #STARZ.

Website: https://www.starz.com/series/ashvsevildead/episodes 

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.


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