Daisy's Madhouse Stages Evil Dead the Musical 

Friday, Oct. 14-Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall

Just your average horror music comedy rife with gore and bad jokes.

Jim Bolen

Just your average horror music comedy rife with gore and bad jokes.

Director Sam Raimi's 1981 film, The Evil Dead, isn't exactly a good movie in the traditional meaning of the phrase. Nor are its two sequels, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. The latter, the most successful of the three, grossed only $11.5 million at the box office (according to Box Office Mojo), which is still much better than the pitiful $2.4 million the first film made.

But Raimi's innovative slapstick approach to special effects and schlocky plotlines made him a marquis director, and the films are now among the most influential in contemporary filmmaking and pop culture.

Still, considering The Evil Dead's NC-17 rating and splatter themes, it wouldn't seem a likely candidate for a musical stage adaptation. But it happened, and even more unlikely, it killed: more than 100,000 tickets to the show sold in Toronto, it won a Korean Tony award and The New York Times called it the "next Rocky Horror."

The play, which combines plot elements from all three films, focuses on five college students who head to an abandoned cabin in the woods for a weekend of debauchery. They accidently unleash supernatural evil forces that transform some of their group into murderous demons. Both the heroes and the demons must then sing and dance their way through chainsaw battles and occult rituals.

Rife with terrible jokes, dismemberment and buckets of blood, Evil Dead the musical is billed as the only stage play to feature a "splash zone." If there's a better play to get you in the Halloween mood, we don't know of it.

Luckily for Boise, the crew at Daisy's Madhouse will be staging a production of Evil Dead the Musical this month.

Directed by Jennifer Dunn, the play will show Fridays and Saturdays at the Idaho Outdoor Association Building, through Saturday, Oct. 29.

It should go without saying that the show features sex, violence and naughty language. So you probably shouldn't bring your kids or wear your favorite white pants unless you want either of them to be forever stained by the experience.

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