Ric Stevens (from left) is Jake, Nathan Payne is Ash, and Anna Vogt is Annie in the Rubber Chicken Theater production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the Underground. (Clint Austin / email@example.com)
In the early 1980s, a low-budget horror flick grossed out the right people to become a cult film worthy of a nod from the genre’s biggies in the biz.
Stephen King once said of “The Evil Dead”: “(It’s) the most ferociously original horror movie I’ve ever seen.”
In recent years, a local theater company has staged semi-annual productions of the musical adaptation with similar results — it’s become a sort of cult favorite for gore-adoring theater-goers.
“We have people come from really far away and in huge groups,” said Nathan Payne, who has been involved since before the first show in 2009 and is directing the musical for the first time this year. “A lot of people make their own shirts and come in huge groups.
“It has a massive cult following.”
But fans beware: This is the last year the show will play, Payne said.
“I’m so happy with how this has gone,” he said. “I want to end it on a high.”
And this year, he insists, is the highest of high notes.