Serious horror is followed by over-the-top musical farce in Country Playhouse’s October double feature. First, Mary Shelley's monster comes to life — well, as much as a dead creature can come to life — in Frankenstein. The action, which follows the original novel more closely than any of the film versions, is set in 19th-century Switzerland. A young Dr. Frankenstein succeeds in piecing together cadaver parts into an atrocious monster, but he soon loses control of his creation. Set loose on unsuspecting villagers, the monster cuts a deadly swath of chaos and destruction, leaving terror in his wake. The story's real horror comes from Dr. Frankenstein’s disregard for humanity and morality in his pursuit of success.
Frankenstein is followed by Evil Dead: The Musical. Based on Sam Raimi's cult movie series, Evil Dead features five singing, dancing college students who stumble onto The Necronomicon, an ancient book filled with witchy spells capable of summoning devilish demons. From there, the musical fun starts as the kids fight for their lives. Tunes such as ''What the F*@k Was That?'' and ''All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons'' are interspersed among ferociously fake and funny fight scenes. Be ready for lots of chainsaw action — and pay attention to where you sit; there’s a ''splatter zone'' where demon blood is likely to bathe audience members.
Houston, TX 77024
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Outer Loop - NW
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Frankenstein runs 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and October 25, 2 p.m. October 21. $19 to $22. Evil Dead runs 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. October 18 and 21. $23 to $28. Both shows run through October 27. Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. For infor-mation, call 713-467-4497 or visit www.countryplayhouse.org.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., Oct. 21; Thu., Oct. 25. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012