The Evil Dead is a landmark cult film, an endlessly inventive micro-budget horror film that launched the careers of Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and B-Movie icon Bruce Campbell, as well as inspiring two beloved sequels and a hit TV series. Despite the movie’s continued success on home video and midnight movie screenings, no one ever imagined that the blood splattered horror flick would be turned into a musical… but that’s exactly what happened when Evil Dead: The Musical first premiered in Toronto in 2003. Just like the movie that inspired it, the show became a massive cult success that has played in cities all over the world, including a successful off-Broadway run in New York City. Now the outrageous, interactive, “4D” theatrical experience has creeped and crawled its way to Las Vegas, where it’s making audiences laugh and scream in equal measure at The Tommy Wind Theater.
The outrageous show is an adaptation of the original movie with classic elements from sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness thrown in for good measure. When a group of college students read from the ancient book of the dead, what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend at a cabin in the woods turns into a terrifying battle against ancient evil, demons, zombies, angry trees, reanimated animal corpses, and possessed hands, as heroic hardware store employee Ash (Campbell’s iconic character in the movie trilogy) battles to save the day with his wits and trusty chainsaw.
The totally bonkers stage show turns classic set pieces from the movies into amazingly catchy musical numbers, with song titles like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Do the Necronomicon,” “We Will Never Die,” and “Blew That B Away.” The endlessly clever show features elaborate sets, creative puppet work, singing zombies, and gooey fake blood flying all over the place (which is why the producers have called the show an “interactive 4D experience”). The theater even has a “splash zone” for fans who don’t mind getting drenched by gushing buckets of the red stuff (which should wash out easily once the show is over).
Evil Dead The Musial Las Vegas lives up to the reputation of the legendary trilogy of cult films that inspired it, delivering an outrageous night of terror, mayhem, murder, laughs, demons, evil puppets, gushing blood, and toe-tapping show tunes.