Of course Re-Animator offers macabre madness even without the new Fright night opening band element. The acting is campy but believable at the same time, and though the same can't be said for the effects (decapitated heads, zombies, and plenty of guts and bloody, squirty props that get so messy, the first few rows of the theatre are designated Sea World-like "splash zones" requiring patrons to wear provided plastic ponchos) it's a horror-themed hoot just the same. Most notable, the soundtrack by composer Mark Nutter, which is as catchy as it clever, if rather lo-fi (musical accompaniment consists mainly of keyboard).
More Sweeney Todd than Rocky Horror Picture Show, this sick little production's resurrection of the 1985 cult film (inspired by the orignal HP Lovecraft story) in song and sight gags is already a terrorific to-do for goths, punks and cult film freaks on its own. Now with the new loud and looney rock band lead-in late Fridays, it's to die for.
Mark your calendar (in red) for this Friday the 13th when the OC's own Radioactive Chickenheads -- a collective of costumed crazies who, fittingly, spew songs about everything from zombies to eating kids (it's not as bad as it sounds, see the video below) -- take the stage while it's still dry.
- Catch Rosemary's Billygoat open up for metal mashers Impaler at the Black Castle (855 W. Manchester Blvd.), Sat., May 21.
- See Re-Animator-The Musical's full schedule and Friday night band bookings on its website.
- Follow Lina Lecaro on Twitter at @L_in_A.