Friday, June 08, 2007

This is F##king Awesome

Today in Music History:

13 of the 23 #1 songs are disco, including Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", Blondie's "Heart Of Glass", and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"; "Disco Demolition Night" at Chicago's Comiskey Park, hosted by Steve Dahl, spearheads "Disco Sucks" movement

evil dead posterThe Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. The film was extremely controversial for its graphic violence and gore, being initially turned down by almost all U.S. distributors, until a European company picked it up. Because of its graphic violence, the original version of the movie was banned in several countries.

The movie spawned two sequels and the Evil Dead Trilogy has an intense cult following with fans clamoring for a fourth installment. If you haven't seen it or have no idea what these movies are about then I heartily recommend you run out and rent all three of the trilogy and make a night of it. Essentially you either get it or you don't. Personally I rate the trilogy at number 1 in the best horror flicks of all time, with Romero's Living Dead series coming in second.

evil dead the musicalEnter Evil Dead: The Musical which is a Canadian off-Broadway show based on the cult classic film series. With the approval of both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, a musical version of the film was staged, enjoying a successful workshop in Toronto and performances at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2004. The New York off-Broadway production started previews on October 2, 2006. The Official Opening Night performance was November 1, 2006 and it ran, performing 8 times per week at the New World Stages, until February 17, 2007. Toronto producers announced a new Toronto production of the show, starring Ryan Ward at the Diesel Playhouse which started May 1st 2007. The musical loosely follows the original incorporating elements of all three movies.

This is a show I would give my left nut to see as Fans enjoy the "splatter zone" -- the first three rows of the theater where patrons can count on a good blood-soaking. Ticket buyers in the Splatter Zone are advised to dress down. Hazards include gallons of stage blood and fake gore. (Ponchos are provided during the 15 minute intermission before Act Two).In fact, Toronto fans began wearing white t-shirts to take home later as bloody souvenirs which inspired the show's marketing team to start selling "I Survived the Splatter Zone" souvenirs. Fortunately as of April 27, Evil Dead: The Musical has been been released on CD and it is freakin' awesome. This is a must have CD for Evil Dead fans. People unfamiliar with the movies probably wouldn't get any of the tunes but they're surprisingly good with some great humour thrown in. Here's a couple cuts from the album and I strongly suggest you scoop the album up if you can find it.

What the Fuck Was That?
All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons
Ode to an Accidental Stabbing
Buy It

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