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A Canadian rock musical based on the Evil Dead films.

Five college students decide to spend some time in a cabin in the woods. They unleash demons, and sing and dance about it.


This musical has examples of:

  • Action Dress Rip: Parodied by Annie's outfit getting progressively and pointlessly ripped apart.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Lampshaded. In the movie, Jake tries to force the group out into the woods to look for Bobbi Joe, his girlfriend. In the show, Bobbi Joe is adapted out, but Jake still wants to force everyone out into the woods. When Ash demands to know why Jake would want to go into the woods, Jake handwaves it by saying, "I don't have time for your common sense!"
  • Adapted Out:
    • Bobbi Joe, Jake's girlfriend from the second film, is the only character not used from the second film. Jake lampshades this by noting that she is simply superfluous, since Cheryl being attacked established the woods are dangerous.
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    • Invoked in the transition between Act 1 and Act 2. Just as Evil Dead 2 adapted out Shelly and Scotty, the bodies of those characters disappear during the intermission. Ash lampshades this at the beginning of the second act.
  • Ascended Extra / What Measure Is a Mook?: Lampshaded and subverted in "Bit Part Demon". Eddie bemoans being a bit part demon, but then it's pointed out he's been singing for two minutes without interrupted meaning he's now a character - and mid-song, he gets blown away by Ash, who snarks, "Now you'll have a bit part - in Hell!"
  • Audience Participation: "Do The Necronomicon" is a full dance the audience is invited to participate in. To say nothing of the show's infamous "splatter zone."
  • Bare Your Midriff: Linda and Shelly
  • Bit-Part Bad Guys: Invoked by Ash regarding Ed. Then doubly subverted, because Ed gets a song - "Bit-Part Demon" - before he gets shot, likely because not being a Bit Part Bad Guy meant he really was a potential threat. This is lampshaded by Ash immediately afterward.
    Ash: Now you'll have a bit part... in hell!
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  • Black Vikings: One run of the show has Ash's sister played by a black woman, which makes her final line, "You're adopted!" even funnier.
  • Blatant Lies: Jake's song "Good Old Reliable Jake" is filled with these. He claims to be a pro basketball player, to have won an Oscar for directing Platoon, written Jackie Chan's autobiography, and coined the phrase "fo shizzle, my nizzle!"
  • Bloody Hilarious: If the "Splatter Zone" didn't tip you off.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Two characters give a shout-out to the band when a particular musical sting occurs.
  • Camp: The show never takes itself too seriously, although given how the source material wound up, that's no surprise.
  • Cartwright Curse: "All the men in my life keep getting killed by Candarian demons!"
  • Clothing Damage:
    • Parodied, with lots of "Oh no, now my [X] is torn" by Annie. Followed by her ripping the offending bit of clothing off.
    • The show has a "splatter zone" encompassing the first three rows or so. Some fans have taken to wearing white shirts to take home as bloody souvenirs.
  • Comical Overreacting: Ash is just as horrified by all the supernatural terror as he is a mustard stain on his pants.
  • Composite Character: Cheryl is one, taking parts of Cheryl and Henrietta Knowby after becoming a deadite.
  • Dance Sensation: The Necronomicon is the new dance sensation. "Dooo the Necronomicon. The Necronomicon."
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Linda is repeatedly called "the perfect girl," while Ash is repeatedly called "a housewares employee."
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Ash tells his right hand, "You got me through more Friday nights than I care to admit!"
  • The Dead Can Dance: The deadites "Do the Necronomicon"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Basically the whole male cast, especially Ash.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: "Cabin in the Woods" is a song about this trope.
  • Doom Magnet: Annie is portrayed as this. She complains of a "trend" in her life where all the men she knows are killed by Candarian demons, mentioning her father and fiance. When Ash points out that's only two people, she goes on to clarify at length.
  • Fanservice: Linda and Shelly wear skimpy clothing.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Unleashed after Ash chainsaws his possessed hand off. His Deadite sister then starts mocking him with a barrage of ridiculous Puns on 'hands'.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "I'm Not A Killer", where Ash brings himself to kill his possessed girlfriend and "It's Time", where Ash finally mans up into the demon-slayer we know and love. "Look Who's Evil Now" also counts for Cheryl.
  • "I Am" Song: "Good Old Reliable Jake" and "Bit Part Demon", although "Good Old Reliable Jake" is consist of nothing but Blatant Lies.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Deadite Cheryl speaks in nearly nothing but puns, to Ash's annoyance. Annie expresses a similar annoyance, wondering why, of all the Deadites, Ash left Cheryl alive.
    Cheryl: I’ll get you, Ash! I’m like a literal Hulk Hogan... I’ll get you, brother!
    Ash: Shut up!
    Cheryl: We’re like that Columbia House 'Ten CD’s for a Penny' club. Sooner or later, you’ll join us!
    Ash: Shut up!
    Cheryl: I’m like Dom De Luise at an all-you-can-eat fish house. I’ll swallow your 'sole'!
    Ash: God, shut up!
    Cheryl: It’ll be like you got shot by Don Johnson from that TV show Miami Vice, you'll be dead by Don!
    Ash: That is it!
  • Lampshade Hanging: The musical does quite a bit of it. It even points out the inconsistency with Ash being brought back from the curse from seeing Linda's necklace... even though Linda is a Deadite now.
  • Mauve Shirt: Parodied by Ed The Bit Part Demon.
    Ed: I'm that guy you see in every horror flick/You probably don't remember me, I come and go too quick
    Annie (a main character): We've listened to you talk for the past two minutes! You said a whole lot just now, just you! Aw, you're not a bit part demon any more, you're a lead player! A star!
    Ed: You're right! Now I see that this thread has been disrupted/I've said more than five words without being interrupted/I'm a bit part no more, my character's had a swing/Now it's time for this demon to sing, sing, singgggggggggggg, I
    * gunshot*
    Ash: Now you'll have a bit part, in hell!
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Ed, a person who gets constantly interrupted dialogue-wise and later gets turned into "the bit-part demon" because of it, is about to break out into his own musical number, and is promptly shot by Ash.
  • Mythology Gag: The show is a mish-mash of lines and plot from all three Sam Raimi / Bruce Campbell films as well as the remake.
    • The first act, with the plot of five college students going into a cabin in the woods, is taken from Evil Dead
    • The second act, with Ash joining Annie's group, is taken from Evil Dead 2
    • The finale, with Ash back at S-Mart, is taken from Army of Darkness. All of Ash's iconic lines from this film are sprinkled throughout the show.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Jake, Ed and Annie walk in to find Ash sawing Linda's head off with a chainsaw. Coupled with everything else that's happened, and the room covered in blood and gore, all Ash can say to them is "this isn't as bad as it looks." Smash to Black for intermission.
  • Painting the Medium: When Eddie starts his song about being a bit part demon, a spotlight comes on and illuminates... the empty staircase next to him. The other cast members have to awkwardly alert him to move.
  • Rim Shot: A few particularly corny jokes trigger one.
  • Running Gag:
    • Scotty calling the girls a "stupid bitch," culminating in him calling death a bitch... a stupid bitch!
    • Scotty dying and coming back to life to shout a warning to Ash, only to realize that he's mortally wounded and collapse again.
    • Annie's clothing getting progressively more torn up.
    • Deadites shouting, "Look who's evil now!" when they reveal themselves. Eddie is annoyed when Annie shouts the catchphrase instead of him when he reveals himself.
  • The Song Before the Storm: "It's Time". The gist of the song is that Ash has decided it's time to man-up and kick a whole mess of ass. In the next few scenes, he kills things that are immortal.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: One musical number has a line that goes "And then we'll take that chainsaw and we'll shove it up your-" "Ash!" which is a bit of a moot point, since there's musical numbers titled "Stupid Bitch" and "What the Fuck Was That?"
  • Title: The Adaptation: Evil Dead: The Musical!
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Lampshaded. Act I ends with a long sun solo consisting of "Die, DIE!" repeated fifteen times — and it lasts for nearly 45 seconds — while Ash kills his former girlfriend's zombie head, a pile of other zombie bodies in the corner. Act II begins with the exact same solo, but the head is obviously fake, and the place has been cleaned up. When other characters demand to know how this "isn't as bad as it looks", Ash replies: "At least there isn't a pile of bodies in the corner anymore."
  • Villain Recruitment Song: "Join Us" is about joining the deadites.
  • Villain Song: "Join Us", a bouncy upbeat song extolling the virtues of submitting to the Evil Dead.


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