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Review: Black Button Eyes’ Evil Dead the Musical

Published February 8, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Cheryl Williams is the specter that forever haunts my friend Kirsten. The classic image of that Evil Dead character’s zombiefied face peeking through a crack in the cellar door endlessly chills her. Thus, we have a proud woman of horror being successfully thrilled by another proud woman in horror.

This cycle continues with Black Button Eyes Productions current mounting of Evil Dead the Musical. Enacted by an incredibly talented ensemble of eight, this Midwest event is proudly presided over by actress Caitlin Jackson’s often ecstatic take on Cheryl. Her energy and skill, coincidentally, make this role a true celebration of one of my favorite yearly events, February’s Woman in Horror Month. Jackson’s ability to present multiple shades of one individual in a comedic terror piece proves that the eclecticism and uniqueness of the macabre arts are often most truly presented in a feminine form. Indeed, suffering and the humor needed to overcome certain tragedies are an essential part of her take on this shy, often abused wallflower who finally finds the devilish power within. Cheryl_Possessed_by_the_Demons

Of course, this is a rather heady take on a show that promotes goofy, blood stained shenanigans. Combining plot points from Sam Raimi’s first two Evil Dead films, EDTM finds proud S-Mart employee Ash Williams breaking into a woods strewn cottage with his closest family and friends. The discovery and subsequent reading of a skin stained, rustic book soon finds him surrounded by possessed, tune humming demons. Therefore, even with the help of an accomplished, talkative scholar, Ash may soon find himself dead before dawn!

Nicely, by hiring a diverse ensemble and toning down some of the more obvious frat boy antics of the original material, director Ed Rutherford presents one of the more balanced productions of this beloved and zany show. Jon Beal’s fight choreography presents all sexes in a strong light and the live band, led by Oliver Townsend, gives audience members an immediate, joyful feel for the limb flinging proceedings.

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But this would all be for naught, perhaps, without the proper take on Ash, a character adored by scare fiends, far and wide. Fortunately, the handsome and charismatic Jordan Dell Harris nails it here. Coming off like Bruce Campbell’s younger doppelganger, Harris sings and dances with charming aplomb. Nicely, he intuitively adds an uncomplicated honesty and heart to Ash’s often over-the-top bravado, succeeding in winning the crowds of people, whom have been rightly flocking to this show, over entirely.

Evil Dead the Musical runs through February 16th at The Pride Arts Center in Chicago. Further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/blackbuttoneyesproductions/.  Tell ‘em Kirsten and Cheryl sent ya!

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Ax Wound Film Festival

Published October 8, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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This weekend Vermont will not only play host to lovers…but lovers of fright flicks, as well! Hannah Neurotica, the brilliant force behind Women in Horror month, is presenting the first annual Ax Wound Film Festival, featuring 34 short fright films, all masterminded by a worldly group of female directors.

Taking place at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in Brattleboro, VT, all-access wristbands are only $5 and include entry to every film screening and special event throughout the day. Many of the film’s creators will be present for Q and A sessions and there are special items up for auction, as well, with 50% of the proceeds going to The Scleroderma Research Foundation.

More information can be gathered at https://www.facebook.com/AxWoundFilmFestival and http://www.axwoundfilmfestival.com.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Hannah Neurotica’s Letting

Published February 4, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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The dark and mysterious bedrooms of our childhoods most definitely inform our fears in adulthood.

The eclectic Hannah Neurotica, founder of Women in Horror Month, proves this point with visual acuity in her new short film Letting.

Letting, which is receiving its proper premiere at the “Horror Happens Film Showcase Presents: A Celebration of Women in Horror” at the Camp Jefferson Theater in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, is sure to be hitting plenty of conventions and film festivals in the near future.

Keep up with all of it’s progress at:

https://www.facebook.com/LettingShortFilm

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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