Seasonal Special Happenings

Blood Bath

When: Tue., Oct. 21 2014

Holy hemoglobin: Evil Dead: The Musical combines the first two Evil Dead movies into a rock-music extravaganza featuring decapitation, dismemberment and more fake (and easy-to-clean-up) blood than was spilled during the entire run of ER. The Evil Dead cult flicks of the 1980s were directed by Sam Raimi and featured some questionable special effects: In the original low-budget version, for instance, the rotting flesh of the zombies looked like bad claymation paired with oozing, weirdly tinted oatmeal. But there was an infectious spirit of manic, harmless, if stomach-churning anarchy that has inspired a substantial following. The same is true in the musical, with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and Reinblatt. Borrowing freely from other musicals, especially The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors, Evil Dead manages to put its own stamp of giggly ghastliness on the horror genre. Performances take place tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $30 to $50 — or $69 if you want to sit in the splatter zone. (Christine Howey)

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