Little Lake of Horrors (The Monster of Phantom Lake, the Musical!, 2016)
You know…if they were truly dedicated to authenticity, they would have painted everything and everyone in black and white.
But still…the story follows closely the film. Scientists and teens encounter an angry swamp monster. A swamp thing, if you will.
With Music and Lyrics by Adam Boll and directed by Mihmiverse Regular Michael Cook, the musical takes a fun and slightly lighter approach. Not that the original film is heavy and dark, but adding songs adjusts the tone a bit.
Taking his queue from Mihm’s films, Boll composed songs specifically to evoke well-known musicals. There is a song in which the character Elizabeth is singing about her fears in which harkens back to the theme song of HBO’s Tales From the Crypt. Another is reminiscent of Grease. The songs are a lot of fun, filled with humor (and fans of the Mihmiverse will likely notice plenty of in jokes).
The performances are quite good and the full orchestra really gives everything a good punch.