A LOOK BACK AT EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL 4D EXPERIENCE (AND MORE, DAMN IT)
Originally Posted July 2, 2015
By MARK W. WOODRING – MY OWN LITTLE SHADOW
Waayyyy back in March of 2014, I posted an in-depth review of “Evil Dead: The Musical 4D Experience” in Las Vegas (HERE). At that time, I had seen the show 3 times (?), and felt like I had a good handle on it.
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL IS A BLOODY KILLER SHOW
Originally Posted August 23, 2014
By NIKKI ARTALE – LAS VEGAS INFORMER
The Evil Dead Musical 4D is a story about five college students who go to a cabin in the woods and find a Book of the Dead and upon reading the book an evil force is unleashed which turns them into demons. Ash is the hero of the day as he fights the zombies with a chainsaw and a rifle.
Director Sirc Michaels has put together a blood splattering smashing killer show with great zombie choreography and great songs with funny lyrics like “What the F**k was that”? There is a lot of blood on stage and in the front rows, the splatter zone, where everyone is sprayed with blood from one of the zombies intestines.
Evil Dead Musical is different, unique and it was a lot of fun experiencing this crazy production. I got an invitation to review the show and was put in the VIP section in the fourth row. I really wanted to sit in the splatter zone so I could get the full experience but after seeing all the blood that was squirted on the front rows I was very happy that I wasn’t seated there. The splatter zone didn’t mind at all, they loved it.
The cast played their roles brilliantly and they had a great time being zombies. They are very talented and they definitely will entertain you with the singing, dancing and hilarious dialogue. It was a fun evening and I loved the show.
Evil Dead Musical is in the V Theater Miracle Mile Planet Hollywood and shows are Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 p.m and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. For tickets, call the Box Office at (702) 260-7200
IMPRESSIONS OF EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
Originally Posted July 16, 2014
By DEREK ANDERSON – DAILY DEAD
Doris the Deadite greets us atop the stairs leading to Planet Hollywood’s V3 Theater in Las Vegas. Wearing a blood-splotched white dress with a matching white hat nestled on her curly blonde hair, Doris smiles through the peeling gray skin of her face. Teeth bared, eyes darting from sunken sockets, Doris cackles and beckons us closer for a photo. Welcome to the immersive atmosphere of Evil Dead The Musical Ultimate 4D Experience.
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL 4D: BECAUSE 3D IS FOR PUSSIES!
Originally Posted April 14, 2014
By PENNYWISE THE CLOWN – SCARETISSUE
It’s been a little over 8 hours now since I had the privilege of watching Evil Dead the Musical Ultimate 4D Experience at the V Theater (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas), and I am still geeked up. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been such a huge fan of the original trilogy. Maybe it’s because I was a little let down the remake came across so serious. But I can say this with absolute certainty. You will not have as much fun at any other show than you will at this one. Sirc Michaels Productions has put together an amazing show with an equally talented cast that will leave you wanting to stand up on your seat and applaud when it’s all said and done.
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL 4D EXPERIENCE–AND SO MUCH MORE
Originally Posted March 3, 2014
By MARK W. WOODRING – MY OWN LITTLE SHADOW
When I first decided to write a review for “Evil Dead: The Musical Ultimate 4D Experience,” I thought it would be basically a nice little puff piece explaining why I enjoy seeing it. But I think, if I simply do that, that I am doing it a disservice, and the more I think about it, I think that this piece needs to do more. I’m sorry if there are spoilers here, but fuck it; it’s my piece and I can say what I want.
EVIL DEAD SHINES IN UNEXPECTED WAYS
Originally Posted February 27, 2013
By MARK LOPROTO – EXAMINER
What do you get when you mix a love story, camp horror, sheer ridiculousness, and gallons of blood? You get one of the hottest shows on the Las Vegas Strip. With world renown shows like “Cirque du Soleil” headlining on the main stages of numerous Sin City hotels, it’s actually quite surprising that a show titled “Evil Dead the Musical 4D” would even register on the tourism radar, but it does; and with plenty of reason. Las Vegas’ production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” is a fresh installment on a craze that continues to slowly sweep across the nation.
“Evil Dead: The Musical 4D” encompasses the entirety of the film “trilogy”. Mixing (and eliminating) characters, scenes, and elements from “Evil Dead”, “Evil Dead 2”, and “Army of Darkness” allows the musical to effectively tell the story of five ignorant teenagers and the growth of a simple S-Mart employee.
Currently housed at the V-Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, the Sirc Michael’s (aka Chris Palkow) directed and produced show is headlined by a cast that all too well fits into their respective horror stereotypes – and this show is (purposefully) filled with them. While it’s unfair to single one individual out from such a loveable and memorable cast, Ben Stobber somehow winds up stealing the show as the headline character, Ash. Taking cues from the character’s roots, as originally portrayed by Bruce Campbell, Stobber channels all the right notes by successfully portraying Ash’s transformation from near insufferable dork to the chainsaw wielding hero.
A cast can only be as good as the writing, and “Evil Dead” surprises with clever anecdotes of typical horror scenarios, smart dialogue, and recognizable catch phrases that the audience finds impossible to not say in unison. The musical score is filled with songs that embed themselves in your brain, such as the tango inspired “What the F**k Was That” and the show’s staple love song, “Housewares Employee”. Each performer has the ability to carry a tune well, which simply helps amplify the clever and catchy nature of the performance’s 15 songs.
No matter how good the rest of the show is, nothing about it can compare to the experience of sitting in the “Splatter Zone”. Acting as a pseudo-VIP section, the Splatter Zone seats guests in a make-shift arrangement of seating at the very front of the theater. The floor is coated in a plastic tarp, which is the second indication that things are bound to get messy; the first being the crisp white T-shirt you receive before the start of the show. The Splatter Zone is what earns this iteration of “Evil Dead: The Musical” it’s “4D” tag as it immerses the audience in the show in a way that only the most deranged of minds could think of. In sync with on-stage deaths or dismemberments, the Splatter Zone audience members will be on the receiving end of a fountain of “blood” that sprays from all angles of the theater – including on stage. The Splatter Zone allows the audience the chance to be in the moment during scenes like Ash’s infamous self-amputation or when Scotty decides its time to completely empty his “bladder”. It’s certainly the best way to experience “Evil Dead: The Musical”, but luckily the rest of the performance is enough to entertain those not brave enough to endure hot (and somewhat sweet) blood.
“Evil Dead: The Musical” embodies true camp horror through its clever selection of cast, location, and implementation of the much-talked about Splatter Zone. This musical is an ode to horror without taking itself seriously in any way, shape or form. It’s an enjoyable experience that is almost impossible not to get addicted to, which, in the long run, isn’t a problem thanks to comparably affordable ticket prices.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, “Evil Dead: The Musical 4D” should be on your must-see list.
HIGH-ENERGY & LOW-BROW
Originally Posted December 10, 2012
By ZED WORD BLOG
If you find yourself in Las Vegas, no self-respecting horror fan has any excuse to miss EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL.
This singing, dancing, and swearing Sin City production of the musical based on Sam Raimi’s horror film series is currently being staged at the V Theater by the twisted folks at Sirc Michaels Productions. Bringing together the minimalist elements of a indie black box theatre with a sexy script, inventive sets and props, and comedy that’s true to the gore and slapstick of its source material, Evil Dead: The Musical in Las Vegas is a must for any Evil Dead fan. It will splatter you with blood and swallow your soul — because deadites don’t spit.
HAIL TO THE KING, BABY
Originally Posted November 9, 2012
By BURKE – NERD FARM BLOG
On a clear and eerie Halloween eve I got the chance to sample one of the newest shows on the strip. No it’s not a new Cirque show, or some douchy magician, we’re talking the in your face, loud and splashtastic Evil Dead the Musical. Looking back now, sample is a terrible word, I should have used full course.
FANS PART OF THE PARTY
Originally Posted September 7, 2012
By MIKE WEATHERFORD – LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
Bruce Campbell gets a cut of this thing, right?
The audience at “Evil Dead: The Musical” may or may not have been at the V Theater to get squirted with blood in this one-of-a-kind offering, a campy musical descendant of “The Rocky Horror Show.” But they sure were there for the catchphrases.
Originally Posted July 13, 2012
By THE MAN-CAVE
The cult hit musical based on Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy is in Sin City at the V-Theater in Planet Hollywood. And thanks to the awesomeness of Mrs. Man-Cave, yours truly (an admitted Evil Dead mark) got to check it out in person after a nine-year wait for my birthday! To my surprise, my better half found an ad for it in one of those Vegas magazines and she figured that would be an ideal b-day gift for such a strange person as me. She was right, of course.
We purchased VIP seats for center seating but far enough away from the show’s Splatter Zone – where the “4-D” aspect of the show comes into play. If you are in these seats, or close to them, you are guaranteed to be soaked in blood. The theater is an intimate setting yet we were lucky to stay out of harm’s way in terms of blood baths. The first two Evil Deads were shot on minuscule budget, so it is apropos that this particular Vegas program is as well. But the props they do have, such as the beloved red chainsaw and “boomstick”, are perfect and show that there is a true fan spirit in the production – and that is all that matters in the end. And how do they deal with the huge bridge that gets destroyed in the films? Let’s just say that it is pretty hilarious and the talent sells the comedy of that visual aid tenfold.
If you are a fellow Deadite and are in Vegas during this show’s run, seeing it is a no-brainer. This is the best economical purchase and return on your investment that you can make on the Strip, and you are sure to easily get your money’s worth. Be warned that if you sit in the Splatter Zone, you will get drenched by the fake blood. It is Evil Dead after all…would you expect to walk out of it unscathed?
EVIL DEAD A BLOODY GOOD TIME
Originally Posted January 10, 2012
By ANTHONY DEL VALLE – LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
We are twice blessed with “Evil Dead: The Musical.”
The song-and-dance pastiche of all things zombie opened last October for a limited engagement. Apparently, audiences like gross-out. The original show consistently turned people away, and director Sirc Michaels is hoping they’ll try their luck again.
EVIL DEAD DRAWS BLOOD
Originally Posted October 27, 2011
By GARRETT ESTRADA – THE REBEL YELL
Forget Paranormal Activity. Skip the haunted houses. The most fun you can have this Halloween season is sitting up front, getting sprayed with blood at Evil Dead The Musical.
Look Who’s Blood-Soaked Now!
Originally Posted October 19, 2011
By MOLLY O’DONNELL – LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
There’s a guy in zombie makeup dropping the F-bomb on a full house every 30 seconds, but the audience seems to be frothing at the mouth for more. Is it surprising that the loudest are the same people who paid extra to sit in the Splatter Zone at Evil Dead: the Musical? The screaming zombie turns out to be director Sirc Michaels, who explains: “You paid extra to get the T-shirt, so wear it to every production and try to get as bloody as possible.” It promised to be a night filled with audience Participation and discomfiture, and it delivered.
LIBERATING ‘EVIL DEAD’ REVELS IN ITS VULGARITY
Originally Posted October 18, 2011
By ANTHONY DEL VALLE – LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
I find it hard to believe anyone could see “Evil Dead: The Musical” and not have a good time.