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'Evil' audiences enjoy bloodbath

Evil Dead: The Musical
The musical was developed with support from Sam Raimi

Theatregoers in South Korea are being showered in blood during a gory stage production of The Evil Dead.

About five litres of fake blood are sprayed on the front rows during each performance of the musical, which is based on Sam Raimi's cult 1981 film.

The Chungmu Art Hall offers free coats to those in the "splatter zone", but not everyone is taking up the offer.

"I dressed in white on purpose," said Yoon Dong-suk, 28. "I'm showered in blood now and this blood tastes sweet."

The claret-coloured substance is actually made from corn syrup - a commonly-used technique in low budget films.

'Cheerful'

Raimi's original film tells the story of five university students who spend a weekend in an isolated cabin, where they accidentally resurrect demons with a thirst for revenge.

Considered one of the defining movies of the zombie horror genre, it shocked audiences with its gruesome violence and gore.

Evil Dead: The Musical
The show has also played in New York, Montreal and Toronto

It was not released in its full version in the UK until 2001.

The musical, however, plays the story in a light-hearted manner with demons and zombies taking part in elaborate musical numbers.

"I had hated zombie or horror movies, but this musical was very fun," said 39-year-old audience member Bang Eun-kyung.

"Those actors' close interaction with the audience made the atmosphere very cheerful."

Evil Dead: The Musical can also be seen in Toronto, Canada, where it was created in workshops between 2004 and 2006.

Both productions are due to run until mid-June.


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