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Repo The Genetic Opera
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By fusing THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this futuristic tale of horror modernizes the "rock opera" genre with original music and rich, dark production design.
Likening Repo! The Genetic Opera to its predecessors, Little Shop of Horrors and Rocky Horror Picture Show, conveys this film’s high camp and operatic bursts of song, but does little to describe how absolutely bizarre Repo! is. Like Rocky Horror, Repo! was written for stage performance by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, who stars as a Graverobber, dolled up in vampiric makeup to resemble Rocky Horror’s iconic tranny, Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Hiring newbie director, Darren Lynn Bousman, fresh out of film school to shoot this mutant movie, Smith and Zdunich clearly focused on writing comedy into extremely gruesome slasher scenes, which works with mixed results. Stills of comic strips contextualize each scene, telling the story of biotech corporation Geneco’s repossessions of organs that they implanted into various patients to save human lives during a long history of operations. Organs, here, were bought on credit, and as the economy nosedives, citizens of this a makeshift Gotham City cannot pay bills, and must forfeit their lives to repo men make a killing around town, literally. Heading this enterprise is CEO Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino), who has two bickering sons, Luigi (Bill Moseley) and Pavi (Nivek Ogre), whose white facemask is third generation Phantom, borrowing directly from Winslow Leach’s in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise. Central to the plot is head repo guy/slaughterer, Nathan Wallace (Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who hides his career path to preserve his sexy teenage daughter, Shilo’s (Alexa Vega), innocence. As Shilo discovers her godmom, Blind Mag (Sarah Brightman), and the "Z"-addicted surgery slut, Amber Sweet (Paris Hilton), she embarks on adventures through an urban landscape constructed of metal gear, corpse piles, and S/M zombie girls, while dad straps people up in his torture chamber to take back body parts. Hmmmm. Since Repo! looks likes a Marilyn Manson video, its musical niche sensibility will only appeal to fans who like Goth and Industrial music. To anyone who doesn’t go for that look, it does impress for its sheer dedication to choreography and song. In the least, Repo! The Genetic Opera is an anomalous glimpse into visionary horror. --Trinie Dalton
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The main character is a young girl named Shiloh. She is coming of age in a perverted nest of vipers and she is sick. She just wants to be a normal girl and the main story is a quest of Shiloh to be just an average teenager. A subplot of the movie is a struggle for inheritance between the three deviants that are the adult childrens of the richest man in the country. They will do anything to run their father's business of organ supply.
Several songs are from this rock opera that are used in backgrounds for horror youtubes or other productions, One is "Let the Monster Rise", one is "At The Opera Tonight" and more. I also like the song "21st Century Cure" (sung by GraveRobber and "Zydrate Anatomy" and "Mark It Up" - dung by the evil trio of kids trying to get papa's business.
In summary, I liked the movie and the songs and the spcial effects, but I do enjoy horror movies - especially when horror is combined with comedy; I will, however, repeat my warning on the CD site, this movie has very graphic violence, horror and sexual material. I would not let someone under 17 watch this movie without their parent's approval.
Since he had already paid for the rental though, we watched it. Personally, I have seen this movie more times than I can count. I absolutely adore almost everything about it.
I don't want to risk giving away any spoilers...but if you think you might like the combination of gore, metal, and opera.....then this IS the movie for you!