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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 12,064 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 20 November 2008 (Czech Republic)
  • Runtime: 98 min | USA:150 min (original cut)
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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 12,064 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 20 November 2008 (Czech Republic)
  • Runtime: 98 min | USA:150 min (original cut)
  • Filming Location: Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $8,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $140,244(USA)(7 December 2008)
  • Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Alexa Vega
  • Original Music By: Darren Smith  Terrance Zdunich   
  • Soundtrack: Vuk-R
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Organ | Company | Epidemic | Repossession | Murder

Writing Credits By:

  • Darren Smith (screenplay) &
  • Terrance Zdunich (screenplay)
  • Darren Smith (play) &
  • Terrance Zdunich (play)

Known Trivia

  • Was originally a stage play located in LA and New York City. Director Darren Lynn Bousman also directed a version of the stage play in 2001.
  • Darren Lynn Bousman originally refused to hold an audition for Paris Hilton. He did not think she would be capable, and feared media backlash or accusations of stunt casting. When he finally caved in, Paris came to the audition dressed “perfectly for the part,” and “rocked” the sound booth audition. After the audition, he was convinced she should play the role.
  • There are a total of 58 songs in the film, including instrumentals.
  • The characters of Heather Sweet and Lucci Largo were renamed for the film adaptation. The names were changed to Amber Sweet and Luigi Largo.
  • The first adaption from stage to screen was a ten-minute trailer made by Darren Lynn Bousman to pitch the idea to movie companies.
  • Made on a $8,500,000 USD budget.
  • Shot digitally except for flashback sequences, which were shot on 16 mm film.
  • The theatrical version of “Repo!: The Genetic Opera” has several songs that were on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack cut out of the actual movie. Those songs include “Can’t Get It Up If The Girl Is Breathing” and “Needle Through A Bug”, both were cut for time reasons and are expected to be re-inserted in the Extended Cut DVD.
  • The producers have stated that this film is really just the middle part of a planned trilogy. The next chapter would be a prequel to the events shown in this film and is tentatively titled “Repo!: The Beginning”. No time frame has been given for when production could start on the next movie.
  • Paris Hilton shot the song “Come Up and Try My New Parts” on her first day on set.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: In the beginning of the movie where Shilo Wallace is in the grave yard hiding from the repo man, she is behind a head-stone. At one point (just after the Graverobber pulls the needle out of his pack and before he says "Lest it be you on the concrete below"), she leans on the tombstone and it moves.

Plot: A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however. Full summary »  »

Story: In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.Written by Lionsgate  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Troy Begnaud known as associate producer
  • Peter Block known as executive producer
  • Darren Lynn Bousman known as executive producer
  • Mark Burg known as producer
  • Jason Constantine known as executive producer
  • Sarah Greenberg known as executive producer
  • Yoshiki Hayashi known as executive producer (as Yoshiki)
  • Daniel J. Heffner known as producer (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
  • Oren Koules known as producer
  • Carl Mazzocone known as producer
  • Jonathan McHugh known as executive producer
  • Tim Palen known as executive producer
  • Darren Smith known as associate producer
  • Terrance Zdunich known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alexa Vega known as Shilo Wallace
  • Paul Sorvino known as Rotti Largo
  • Anthony Head known as Nathan / Repo Man (as Anthony Stewart Head)
  • Sarah Brightman known as Blind Mag
  • Paris Hilton known as Amber Sweet
  • Bill Moseley known as Luigi Largo
  • Nivek Ogre known as Pavi Largo (as Ogre)
  • Terrance Zdunich known as Graverobber
  • Sarah Power known as Marni
  • Jessica Horn known as Jessica Adams
  • Branko Lebar known as Rotti's Chauffeur
  • Brianna Buckmaster known as Sherrie Alviso (as Briana Buckmaster)
  • Anna Kostan known as Young Mormon Woman
  • Brad Austin known as Young Mormon Man
  • Marty Adams known as Big Man
  • Rebecca Marshall known as Woman with Martini Glass
  • Egidio Tari known as Man In Tuxedo
  • Jake Reardon known as Single Mother
  • J. LaRose known as Geneco Spokesperson
  • John Joseph Gallagher known as Talking Head #1 (as John Gallagher)
  • Howard Glassman known as Talking Head #2
  • Darren Smith known as Geneco's Band Leader
  • Dean Armstrong known as Thankless Job Victim
  • Andreja Punkris known as Rotti's Henchwoman #1
  • Alisa Burket known as Rotti's Henchwoman #2
  • Athena Karkanis known as Female Repo Victim
  • Martin Samuel known as Amber's Valet #1
  • Stephan Dubeau known as Amber's Valet #2
  • Dena Chiarcossi known as Head Sexy Gentern / Opera Gentern #6
  • Natalli Reznik known as Sexy Gentern #1 / Opera Gentern #5
  • Tre Armstrong known as Sexy Gentern #2 / Opera Gentern #4
  • Elena Juatco known as Night Surgeon Gentern #1 / Support Group Member #8
  • Noelle Boggio known as Night Surgeon Gentern #2 / Singing Gentern #2
  • Krystal Kiran Garib known as Night Surgeon Gentern #3
  • Vanessa Cobham known as Opera Gentern #1
  • Amanda Fritz known as Opera Gentern #2
  • Andrea Ciacci known as Opera Gentern #3 / Hallucination Gentern #1
  • Matthew Boden known as Geneco Assistant #1 (as Matt Boden)
  • Carla Guiliani known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #1 (as Carla Giuliani)
  • Jamie Holmes known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #2
  • Romina D'Ugo known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #3 / Support Group Member #3
  • Tangara Jones known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #4 / Support Group Member #2
  • Jeffery Ong known as Mag's Asian Chorus Boy #1 / Amber's Male Dancer #1
  • Ron Bedeau known as Mag's Asian Chorus Boy #2
  • Hazel Gorin known as Mourner #1 / DJ Granny
  • Eve English known as Mourner #2
  • Lance Luther known as Repo Cadet
  • Melissa Panton known as Support Group Member #1
  • Cheryl Quiacos known as Support Group Member #4
  • Jacques Monfiston known as Support Group Member #5
  • Omar Forrest known as Support Group Member #6
  • Jennifer Mote known as Support Group Member #7
  • Dani Jazzar known as Amber's Male Dancer #2
  • Tom Farr known as Armed Geneco Guard
  • Kevin Power known as Geneco Spokesperson #2 / Opera Audience Member #7
  • Roberta Angelica known as Opera Audience Member #1
  • Erica Cox known as Opera Audience Member #2
  • Charles Seminerio known as Opera Audience Member #3
  • Kathy Imrie known as Opera Audience Member #4
  • Paul De La Rosa known as Opera Audience Member #5
  • David Fujino known as Opera Audience Member #6
  • Janelle Hutchison known as Opera Audience Member #8
  • Tim Burd known as Night Surgeon Victim
  • Eva Redpath known as Hallucination Gentern #2
  • Carla Bennett known as Singing Gentern #1
  • Al Maini known as Nebbish Doctor
  • Thom Allison known as Gossip Journalist
  • James Rankin known as Puppeteer #1
  • Gord Robertson known as Puppeteer #2
  • Nancy Long known as Marni (singing voice)
  • Denise Carroll known as Opera Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Joan Jett known as Guitar Player (uncredited)
  • Paul Nicholasi known as Spectator at Press Event (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Damon Bishop known as key prosthetics assistant
  • Patrice Boudreau known as assistant makeup artist
  • François Dagenais known as prosthetics coordinator (as Francois Dagenais)
  • Kim Dao known as contact lens technician
  • Susan Hayward known as second assistant makeup artist (as Susan Hayword)
  • Stephanie Ingram known as key hair stylist
  • Maribeth Knezev known as key makeup artist
  • Maarit Niemelä known as hair stylist: Sarah Brightman
  • Rita Pacitto known as assistant hair stylist
  • Sean Sansom known as first prosthetics assistant
  • Patrick Baxter known as makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Sam Agro known as storyboard artist
  • Chris Andrews known as head scenic painter
  • Michael D. Andrews known as assistant head scenic painter
  • Doug Bowler known as carpenter
  • Brandon Breen known as labourer
  • Michael Bunt known as on-set carpenter
  • Jamie Burke known as construction coordinator
  • Gord Casselman known as carpenter (as Gordon Casselman)
  • Douglas Catty known as carpenter
  • John Caulfield known as labourer
  • Steven Ciancamerla known as set dresser
  • Gord Craig known as assistant head carpenter
  • Robert Craig known as carpenter
  • Gregory Davies known as props assistant
  • Donavon Drummond known as on-set dresser
  • Mike Dutkowski known as carpenter
  • Ric Fernandez known as head carpenter (as Rick Fernandez)
  • Joanne Filleti known as painter (as Joanne Filetti)
  • Victoria Hamilton known as key scenic artist
  • Dwight Hendrickson known as first assistant art director
  • Emily Hyde known as painter
  • Michael Hyde known as carpenter
  • Dorin Kenny known as painter
  • Chris Littlejohn known as labourer
  • Mike Lotosky known as carpenter (as Michael Lotosky)
  • Jason Lunn known as leadman
  • Jesse Mann known as art department trainee (as Jessica Manchester)
  • Patrick McCaffery known as carpenter
  • Leslie McCullagh known as assistant scenic artist
  • Keith McCully known as carpenter
  • Brent McGillivray known as first assistant art director
  • Brent McGillivray known as set designer
  • Craig McLauchlan known as carpenter
  • Joel McLeod known as carpenter
  • J.D. Moore known as carpenter
  • Mario Moreira known as assistant property master
  • Mario Moreira known as property master: second unit
  • Mario Moreira known as props buyer
  • James R. Murray known as property master (as James Murray)
  • Friday Myers known as sets buyer
  • Sorin Popescu known as first assistant art director
  • Sorin Popescu known as set designer
  • Jeff Pryce known as carpenter
  • Heather Rigby known as on-set painter
  • Mike Rybuck known as carpenter
  • Sean Scoffield known as second assistant art director
  • Thomas Sheehan known as carpenter (as Thomas Sheenan)
  • Cherie Spencer known as set dresser
  • Charles Staniforth known as carpenter
  • Tom Toop known as carpenter
  • Paul Trinidad known as carpenter
  • Real Vanier known as carpenter
  • John Wareing known as carpenter
  • Russell Whiteman known as carpenter
  • Andrew Yurkiv known as carpenter
  • Terrance Zdunich known as illustrator: comic book
  • Adam Smith known as specialty prop fabricator (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Twisted Pictures (presents)
  • Burg/Koules Productions

Other Companies:

  • Panno Therapeutic  set medical services
  • Catering on Location  catering
  • Star Grazing  craft services
  • Linden Travel Bureau  travel services
  • Concepts International  location security
  • Heenan Blaikie Lawyers  company production counsel (as Heenan Blaikie LLP)
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  additional adr
  • Mediantmusic  music transcriptions
  • William F. White International  grip and lighting equipment
  • William F. White International  chapman camera dollies
  • Dwight Crane Rentals  cranes and lifts
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll services
  • Cinespace Studios Management  studios
  • Film Inc.  location support
  • Nooka  communication devices provided by
  • Urban Post Production  Avid supplied by
  • Deluxe Post-Production  sound re-recording studio
  • Urban Post Production  sound editing facilities
  • Deluxe Post-Production  foley recording studio
  • Deluxe Post-Production  adr recording facilities
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  adr recording facilities
  • Caldwell & Company  loop group supplied by
  • Hi Text Media  post-production continuity list
  • Aon/Ruben-Winkler Entertainment Insurance  insurance broker
  • Rights Company, The  script and title research services
  • Ontario Production Services Tax Credit, The  produced with assistance of
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)  produced with assistance of
  • Repo Opera Productions  production services provided by
  • Betafish Music  music program
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Xanadeux Company (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (Non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Video Film Express (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Video Film Express (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Switch VFX (visual effects)
  • Effects Group, The (special effects)
  • Yowza Animation

Visual Effects by:

  • David Alexander known as senior cgi artist: Switch VFX (as David Ray Alexander)
  • Kemal Ally known as animation editor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Kemal Ally known as boujou tracker: Switch VFX
  • Don Asido known as technical director: Switch VFX (as Jun Asido)
  • Barb Benoit known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Boland known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Jon Campfens known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sonya Carey known as animation art director: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Michael Carter known as flame artist
  • Min Hyun Cha known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Colthurst known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Peter Denomme known as animation executive producer: Yowza Digital Animation (as Pete Denomme)
  • Peter Denomme known as visual effects producer (as Pete Denomme)
  • Amir Eftekhari known as matte painter: Switch VFX
  • Mike Habjan known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Grant Harris known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Grant Harris known as animator: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Grant Harris known as compositor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Gudrun Heinze known as lead compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Kozsurek known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Voytek Kufner known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Keren Kurtz known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Trevor Lewis known as film recording: Deluxe EFilm Toronto
  • Jef Lonn known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Seth Martiniuk known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Beau Parsons known as visual effects coordinator: Switch VFX
  • Nick Paulozza known as film recording: Deluxe EFilm Toronto
  • Shannon Penner known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Shannon Penner known as animator: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Shannon Penner known as compositor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Rob Sischy known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Joel Skeete known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Geoff Wigmore known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Greg Zajac known as compositor: Switch VFX

Release Date:

  • Canada 18 July 2008 (Fantasia Film Festival)
  • Germany 2 September 2008 (Nuremberg Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Canada 12 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • USA 19 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 26 September 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Spain 4 October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Canada 18 October 2008 (Toronto After Dark Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (limited)
  • Czech Republic 20 November 2008
  • Spain 1 January 2009
  • France 30 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • Australia 5 February 2009 (Perth)
  • UK 7 March 2009 (London FrightFest Film Festival)
  • UK 9 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 21 March 2009
  • Hungary 26 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 28 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 24 November 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. tawdry_hepburn from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    There are two ways in which a movie can succeed.

    One—it can have a fully realized plot that works to explain some largersubtextual moral. It can demonstrate a mastery of technical andthematic areas and create an emotional response in the viewer. This isthe route that most critics look for when giving a positive review.Films like Schindler's List. On the Waterfront. A Streetcar NamedDesire.

    The other way in which a movie can succeed is with ideas. This type ofmovie doesn't have to make sense in the same way that a traditionalfilm does. It simply has to take you somewhere you have never been, andhopefully throw your mind through a few loops along the way. Films likeEl Topo. The Fountain. Eraserhead. Gummo. The Exterminating Angels.

    Repo! The Genetic Opera definitely falls into the latter category.

    The story, told entirely through song, details the intersecting secretsof people living in a world where a mysterious virus has caused randomorgan failure and forced people to resort to leasing cloned organs, ata very high price.

    There is so much whimsy in this film that it almost becomes anabsurdist fairytale. It skips and jumps from one homage to the next,cribbing notes from Rocky Horror in one scene before moving on toRigoletto in the next. Genres and archetypes are thrown up against oneanother and mashed together with reckless abandon mixing Grand Guignolwith Sondheim and Disney with Faces of Death. It cuts together thepieces of our collective pop culture consciousness the same way thatthe antagonists cut together new forms for their bodies.

    And it's wickedly funny too.

    Picking up where the ultimate consumers of Romero's shopping malls leftoff, Repo! makes for a brutal satire of consumer culture where humanflesh is a commodity bought and sold with government approval. Peoplehave designer spines and get upgrades on their bodies when they go infor maintenance on their artificial organs. Starlets don't forget towear panties, they forget to sew on their new faces.

    Darren Lynn Bousman has made a name for himself as a go-to guy for overthe top, operatic gore and he doesn't shy away from it here. Repo! isoften tremendously bloody with sanguine spilling left and right, oftendirectly on top of naked flesh. He takes what he learned making SawII–IV and pushes in into overdrive as he uses it to skewer onesatirical target after the next.

    Normally I am one to shy away from sexualized violence. I find itrepulsive and saddening, but here, Bousman has found that perfect mixbetween sexy and grotesque. Though the bloodletting is vicious, itnever spills over into elaborate rape fantasy. It is a shame that he isno longer attached to the Hellraiser relaunch.

    The cast, made up of a bizarre collection of geek favorites, musiciansand world famous opera singers is almost weirder than the movie'scentral conceit. Paul Sorvino is brilliant fun as the patriarch whocontrols the world but finds himself unable to defeat cancer. Sorvinois fascinating to watch when he is let loose and he has a singing voiceto rival any star of stage. Sarah Brightman is also quite good in asmall roll that is entirely divorced from her signature turn in Phantomof the Opera. The rest of the cast is a bit of a mixed bag. Alexa Vegais strong as the cloistered daughter of the eponymous organ ripper andAnthony Stewart Head outdoes his Buffy singing, even as his role is tooclose to that of Giles. Meanwhile Bill Mosely is obnoxious and all overthe place, playing his seventh version of Chop-top while Paris Hiltonis actually shockingly watchable as Amber Sweet, a heightened realityversion of herself. But the real standout is Nivek Ogre of SkinnyPuppy. The man steals the show as a deformed lothario who has a nastyhabit of killing his lovers.

    At a point, the film becomes as scattershot as the cast list with somemoments hitting it out of the park while others miss wildly. By the endof the film one would be hard pressed to explain how the characters allend up in the same place, but it has long since ceased to matterbecause you've either accepted that the film is fairly divorced fromreality, or else, you've walked out of the theater. I stayed, and lovedevery minute of it.

    When I see a movie like this, I want to be taken to a new world.Somewhere strange and alien. The futuristic retro-chic of the Repo'salternate dimension is vibrant and dazzling, it's a whirling dervish ofcolors and styles. And though it never comes together, the overwhelmingstrangeness of it is intoxicating. The music is not for everyone, andthe bloodletting is extreme, but Repo! offers something rarely seen atthe multiplex–originality.

    A-

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  2. patriggle from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    We just got from seeing the Repo premiere and now I can't wait untilNovember to see it again. The film was phenomenal! It was beautiful towatch and extremely entertaining. Repo far surpasses the Saw films inoriginality, creativity, and artistic integrity. This is not simply aslasher film, although there is plenty of violence to keep gore fanshappy, there is a very interesting and unique story being told here. Infact, a whole world has been created in Repo and there is plenty ofroom for more stories to follow. Unlike many sequels, a sequel to Repowould be completely justified in respect to its content.

    The music was catchy and I walked back to the hotel with it runningthrough my head. There is a nice variety of songs featured in Repo and,as is natural with a collection of songs, fans will have theirfavorites and their least favorites. I can honestly say that even myleast favorite songs were still necessary in the context of the filmand I didn't really mind them. I was slightly caught off guard by howpop a couple of the musical numbers were, but again they wereappropriate for the part of the film they were featured in.

    Another surprise was the size of roles in the film. The roles played byOgre, Bill Moseley, and Paris Hilton were not as prominent as I hadimagined them being (and yes Paris gave a good performance). Theyseemed to have less screen time than the rest of the stars. This is nota serious complaint of the film itself, just a desire for more(especially Ogre). Skinny Puppy fans have never seen Ogre quite likethis (just wait until you hear his voice). Other personal favorites(aside from Ogre) were The Grave Robber, Anthony Head, and SarahBrightman.

    Darren, the Cast and Crew, and the Producers of Repo the Genetic Operahave created a beautiful thing here. This is a horror movie with trueoriginality in story and in visuals. They went out on a limb to makesomething new, something that hasn't already been proved to work andthat type of effort needs to be supported; otherwise we will continueto be given "New" movies that it feels like we have seen before. I knowthe wait has been long, but I can now tell you with certainty that itis well worth the wait.

    If originality is not supported it will continue to disappear.

    Please support Repo the Genetic Opera.

  3. Craig McPherson from Montreal, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    Darren Lynn Bousman has cojones. Big brass ones, it would appear, afterviewing his twisted eclectic musical known as Repo! The Genetic Opera,which was given its world premier at Montreal's Fantasia film festivalmonths in advance of its November release date.

    The Director of Saw II, III and IV is hardly a person you'd associatewith a rock opera, and when you factor in a cast that includes suchartistic polar opposites as Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton, you couldbe forgiven for feeling that the stink-o-meter would be going off thechart. And yet, it doesn't.

    Set against a futuristic backdrop where an epidemic of organ failuresis plaguing humanity, people turn to the unscrupulous GenecoCorporation to purchase replacements for their failing vitals. Noteverybody makes good on their payments, however, which is where NathanWallace (Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) goes intoaction as one of Geneco's "repo men", brutally reclaiming defaultersorgans at scalpel-point.

    The movie has a visual style that both works to its benefit and runsagainst the grain of conventional movie telling (comic strip look,richly colored and stylized sets, heavily filtered camera shots) andmuch of the music is surprisingly good. Even those sung by Hilton, whoblends surprisingly well into the mix as Amber, the vain,plastic-surgery obsessed daughter of Geneco's president (Paul Sorvino).While Sarah Brightman's career as a pop-opera singer makes her, onpaper at least, the best casting choice, it's Head who's reallysurprising. Sure he an act, but in a movie with no spoken dialog he notonly shows he can sing, but is actually able to change his vocal stylefrom controlled, when in character as Wallace, to raunchy when he donshis Repo Man persona.

    Among the movie's flaws is the performance of Bill Moseley (House of1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects) as Luigi Largo, the scheming son ofGeneco's president, whose singing talent can charitably be described as"lacking". Then again, considering the nature of the story, its roles,and ambitious scope, you'd have to expect that Bousman was going tobreak a few eggs en route to making his omelet.

    The folks who run the hype machines at Lionsgate and Twisted Picturesare spinning this as another cult classic along the lines of The RockyHorror Picture Show and Phantom of the Paradise. That's a bit much.Musical cult classics aren't instantly created, they assume that mantleas a result of fan approval, and the cultivation of a following –something not easily done given the demise of repertory cinemas andweekly midnight screenings. Right now such corporate accolades arenothing more than hyperbole. Even though a lot of the prerequisites arein place, only time will tell if Repo will allow Bousman to reserve apermanent spot shilling to character-dressed fans on the conventioncircuit.

  4. zarrod from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    This modern, actually futuristic, opera is unlike anything I've seen.Many of its qualities remind me of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' afilm that was never on my list of favorites. This is better simplybecause it's able to hold together a more plausible and serious storyyet still present itself in the aesthetic of a psychedelic musical. Itblends brutality with comedy and music very effectively, in fact, therewere far more laughs in our theater than anything else. Theinteractions between the characters as they sing their parts make forgreat character development and story progression simultaneously. Thecharacter's themselves are all well performed, including Paris Hilton(what happens to her needs to be seen, not described). I'm not the typeto like weird, cult films but this held my attention. It's definitelyworth a viewing, and if you have time to immerse yourself, then it'sdefinitely worth some good applause.

  5. necromerchant from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    A lot of films have interesting trailers. Repo! The Genetic Opera has afew music videos available for viewing at http://repo-opera.com. Thoseare small teasers for the experience you'll have when you see thismovie in theaters! A superb surround mix and amazing talent aredisplayed in this film, which combines several genres with actingtalent from Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino,Ogre (of the band Skinny Puppy), Bill Moseley and newcomer to moviesbut not to his role Terrance Zdunich as the Graverobber. It feels likeyou've gone to a huge rock show and seen an amazing supergroup inconcert. The only things that could make it better are having the showbe sold out by fans that know the words to every song and can singalong, having the show be on tour and hit every major city in the worldand having several encores after the crowd demands it! Repo! TheGenetic Opera is a film I encourage everyone to take the time toexperience, and if you can, be sure to see it on the big screen.

  6. sau316 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    It is a superlative movie through and through, what a phenomenal pieceof work. It is such an amazing and very cool artistically rich andcollaboratively ingenious of characters with rich metal Gothic andopera soul. I absolutely, positively, inequitably loved all of SarahBrightman's performances, it was not only rocking hot, she was aphenomenally endowed character in this movie. I think she had an epicrole in this movie. This is a hot movie. Must be seen and it is morethan just blood and guts indeed. We were singing along with the songsthe second go round and it was absolutely fantastic. I am in awe thatit is so much better, no exquisite, than I had foreseen. Here's asalute to our magnificent (Blind Mag) star and all the collaborativestardom, specifically the writer Terrance and Darren director and thegreatly cast stars among them that also enriched this movie with suchsuperlative talents, work and dedication. It is a masterpiece. It wouldbe shameless to let all of it go unnoticed and unappreciated. I'm quitepositive there would be a huge following if marketed to appeal toviewers from many genres. I am an open minded viewer of many things andquite honestly wasn't sure that I would like this movie in it'sentirety given the bits of news, trailers, clips, advertisement but Iwas completely detoured from this idea not once but twice seeing thisrichly written, sketched, musically infused, fully fulfillingoutstanding vocals, and directed by a master artist this piece ofartistic collaboration come to be known as Repo-The Genetic Opera.Darren, Terrance, his musical sidekick, friends, Lionsgaterepresentatives and phenomenal crew are astounding characters, down toearth people, kind, generous, and appreciative of the reviews of theirexpanded efforts to bring this to many a movie goer of music, rock,futuristic, comic book character lover, fashion lovers, horror storytempting embellisher, Sarah Brightman fan, Darren fan (director of Sawmovies 1,2,& 3), and so much more. Not only is it written withperfection, been brought through stage production, to movie script, tonow a movie of fully enriched characters and character sketches thatdeserve any movie screen. All of you here and about, don't miss thechance to see Repo on it's maiden voyage road trip across the US andhopefully much more. I truly think there is something for everyone tolove about this movie and it indeed deserves to hit the big screens andmore. I must say I don't profoundly pitch or push quite so personallyfor many a thing but I do think such rare and beautiful talents shouldnot go unnoticed and unappreciated.

  7. emergefrmnothing from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    I got a chance to see Repo! at the Austin showing last night. I'd beenkeeping up with the forum, like most of ya'll have, and listening tothe soundtrack on a loop. I thought I pretty much knew the whole plotbefore I'd seen the movie, and had a good idea of how it would end.

    I was wrong.

    For those of you who haven't been following the Repo! phenomenon, Repo!is an audacious rock opera (completely sung, with some occasionalatonal, rhythmic dialogue) that takes place in a Gothic not-too-distantfuture. An epidemic of organ failures has broken out, but luckily,GeneCo, a massive genetics company, has a solution- They startharvesting organs and offering them to consumers with easy financingoptions. However, these organs are subject to default, and if you startmissing your payments, GeneCo sends out the Repo Man to take backGeneCo's property.

    Guiding us through this macabre world is Graverobber (Zdunich), adrug-runner who sells a cheap, black market version of Zydrate (afuturistic anesthetic that's like a glow-in-the-dark mix betweencodeine and ecstasy) to drug-and-surgery addicts on the street.

    The movie largely takes place from the point of view of one of theseRepo Men, Nathan Wallace (Head), and his daughter, Shiloh (Vega), whois suffering from an unnamed blood illness that makes traveling outsideof her home dangerous, and possibly deadly, and who is unaware of herfather's profession. In order to keep her safe, Nathan keeps Shilohlocked in her bedroom. Longing to explore the world outside, and bittertowards her mother for passing the blood disease on to her, Shilohembodies one of the underlying themes of Repo!- Are our destiniessealed by fate (by our genetics), or do we have a choice in the matter?

    Early on in the movie, Rotti Largo (Sorvino), the owner and founder ofGeneCo, learns that his time is running out. Without skipping a beat,his two sons, the hellishly-tempered Luigi (Moseley) and the freakishplayboy, Pavi (Ogre), begin to fight over who will take over when theirfather is gone. Meanwhile, the third Largo sibling, and poster childfor the Zydrate Support Network, Amber Sweet (Hilton), dreams of beingin the spotlight after the popular opera singer, and GeneCospokeswoman, Blind Mag (Brightman), gives her upcoming farewellperformance.

    The film explores the connections between each of these individuals,and gives their backstories in comic book style vignettes that show howtheir lives were all once intertwined. Even if you've been followingthe Repo! site, these short stories provide shocking twists (I heardmore than a few gasps when one such twist is revealed). They're aningenious way of providing these back stories in a stylized mannerwithout having to stretch Repo!'s already thin budget.

    One of the things that really struck me about Repo! is how surreal thewhole atmosphere is. The colours are very garish (lots of reds, blues,and yellows), and a very hyper-polished finish to the picture. Yourcomputer screen really can't capture just how amazing it looks on thebig screen.

    And, of course, the other thing that stands out is the music. It's aneclectic mix of rock, punk, pop, electronica, and, of course, opera. Iwas a bit worried that since I'd been listening to the Pre-SurgerySampler on a loop, and listening to the theatrical CD as well, that I'dpretty much heard the outstanding numbers in the movie, and that therewouldn't be many surprises. Again, I was surprised. One of thestand-outs for me was "Things You See In A Graveyard", with RottiLargo's voice echoing throughout the atmosphere over a ghostly chorusof funeral-goers and thrashing guitar riffs. My other favorite is"Chromaggia's Lament", Mag's haunting, operatic farewell song.

    While Repo! is VERY unique, and has some very colorful characters, itisn't the camp fest that I was expecting it to be. It's actually a veryGOOD movie, and definitely has a heart behind all of it's badassness.

    It's also VERY graphic. It was actually a bit more violent than I wasexpecting. While the violence typically occurs during songs that lessentheir impact, and make them more humorous than scary, it's still veryover-the-top, and several scenes in particular caused people in myscreening to gasp and scream.

    My only complaint about the film is that it occasionally appears a bitconflicted about what emotion it wants to elicit from you. I'll giveyou an example (and forgive me if it comes off as vague, I'm avoidingspoilers)- In one scene in particular, the gorgeously eery song beingsung leads up to an act that is both powerfully moving and deeplyrepulsing. If it were a bit more tastefully executed, it would havecome off as a beautiful, empowering scene, and a highly memorable oneat that. However, rather than going for that particular emotionalimpact, the camera lingers on the extremely violent act beingcommitted, without cutting away, to the point of being completelyover-the-top, snuffing out its emotional aspect and causing it to beremembered as one of the most disgusting scenes in the movie, ratherthan one of the most beautiful.

    Overall, I would definitely say that I enjoyed Repo!, and I'm lookingforward to buying the soundtrack on September 30th. This movie issomething that needs to be experienced on the big screen.

    For anyone concerned about contented-related issues (if you'rewondering if you should take your child, or if you have problemswatching certain film content), here's how I'd rate it:

    Violence: 9/10 (not pervasive, but when it happens, it's very graphic)Sex: 4/10 (some dialogue, situations, and mild nudity.. nothing towrite home about) Scares: 5/10 (some disturbing situations… but it'smostly darkly humorous, rather than scary)

  8. Bligy Bob from Great North
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    I have been to cult films, I have been to great grand openings ofeverything from movies to books to games to this and that. If there isan opening, I will go to it. This movie… this entire experience, itwas like nothing I've ever been to in my life.

    People are asking whether or not this type of movie will gain 'cult'status, but the fact of the matter is… it already has. To quoteDarren: "I'm standing up here, and I see that seventy percent of youare in costume, and the others are saying 'Damnit, why didn't I dressup?'." Dressing up isn't all that makes a cult, the fans are. The factof the matter is, this movie has a rabid, feasting fanbase that wouldgladly hog-tie and grapple you to the movie just so that you have theexperience of seeing it.

    Those who say that this movie is crap, that it doesn't have anaudience, and that the music is (my personal favorite) 'atonal', eitherweren't watching, listening or paying any attention to it at all. Thismovie is worth far more than anything I've seen in theatres for years.It is easily the most unique experience of my life.

    I'd rather see something completely unique, even if it's offensive,gritty, shot with hand-held camera and staring sock puppets than watchanymore of the 'wannabe' good movies that have been coming out. These'Masterpieces' that people consider to be SO amazing have nothing on amovie like this. This movie is untouchable, it is completely beyond allwords.

    Everything about this movie has a unique touch that is completelynoticeable in absolutely every scene and song. It is an insult tocreativity and artistry that a movie such as this should be shoved intoonly seven cities and outcasting all those who want to watch it sobadly.

    Myself and two friends drove down from Canada to watch it in Seattle,and we weren't the only ones, and some of the people at our showingwere from Texas. This movie will surpass any movie this year throughthe years, simply because of the fans.

    Do NOT miss watching this movie. If you can watch it, even if thetheatre is three or four hours away… DO IT. Go in costume, shriek andhave the best time of your life.

  9. muller_87 from Montana, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    I attended an advanced screening being held at my university. It wasone of the few shows that director Darren Lynn Bousman didn't knowabout. I had spoken with him briefly on the repo-opera.com officialchat rooms about an hour before the showing. It was a cool few minutesthat consisted of him telling me the showing might have been canceledand then his informing me (and the rest of the room) that he wasyelling to get it going, and he never yells.

    I got to the campus theater about 10 min before it was set to start.First thing I noticed was that there were other people there, which wasa major worry of mine as Montana State University is relatively smalland the advertisement for the screening was pretty sparse. Then I sawthe security officers. That got my eyebrows a-raising. It was coolthough, Lionsgate taking this much of a precaution even in a littlecity like this one. After getting my ticket, I wandered in and took aseat. There were about 5 of us to begin with, but as we got closer to7:00, we ended up with around 30 people. That alone exceeded myexpectations.

    Then the one of the theater workers came out and spoke with us, made usaware of the security and told us basically not to F*** this up withcameras. Then…it was movie time.

    When if first began the audio wasn't syncing properly and the screenwas projected a little too wide. But after about 5 min the audio gotstraightened out and the screen width only affected some of thecaptions on the vignettes showing backstory.

    Overall, I was very impressed. Alexa Vega was amazing as the maincharacter of Shiloh Wallace. She has really grown up and away from thegirl who played in Spy Kids. She's not this awkward little kid anymore.She's a full blown woman who's shown her acting and singing abilities.I hope to see a lot more from her in the future. Anthony Stewart Headas Nathan/Repo Man was just as amazing. His baritone had the perfectinflection to show the torment the character was dealing withemotionally. When he switches to his "Repo" voice, an oddly smooth yetgravelly take on his singing, it details the change in personalities.Sarah Brightman shined as Blind Mag. Her gorgeous voice and regaldemeanor added mountains of formality to this amazing production.Terrance Zdunich was a treat as the morally ambiguous Graverobber. Hisnarrating skills balanced the movie in a way. Addressing the audienceas a sort of gatekeeper to this experience was a needed flavor to thefilm.

    Now onto the Largos. Paul Sorvino, like Ms. Brightman, added an air tothe movie. His very operatic voice was a perfect counter to the moremodern sounds of his on-screen spawn. Bill Mosely, a genre favorite,was well cast in the role of Luigi Largo, Rotti Largo's violent son.His face added a brutality to the roll. Nivek Ogre, of Skinny Puppy,was a very mellow character in his take on Pavi – well, mellow comparedto Luigi, choosing to seduce and womanize instead of kill and murder.And finally, Paris Hilton as Amber Sweet. I think everyone was a bitwary of her role in this movie. But I can't imagine anyone else in therole.

    Overall, the performances were very well done. Only Mosely and Hiltonseemed to struggle and only at very brief times. The music was stellar.I was expecting it to be a total musical overload of 100% song, butinstead it was interspersed with regular dialog and sing-talk, but itnever got old or tired. The filter they used to color the movie waswonderful; the soft glow gave it a wonderful ambiance. The story itselfwas very well done, showing the dynamics of two families, one a littlemore functional then the other. Definitely a very original andwonderful piece of modern film. It really is an event. And an eventthat should be experienced in a theater with other people with anappreciation for the quirky and the musical. It fully deserved theclaps it received at the end.

    Very well done, Darren. Thank you, to you and your cast and crew.

  10. triniteb from Austin, TX
    30 Mar 2012, 8:44 pm

    I went to the Austin Fantastic Fest previewing of this film andthoroughly enjoyed it. There were unexpected twists, as well as greatcharacter dynamics that made it interesting, fun to watch, and thestory line (with the help of great graphics and comics) was easy tofollow. The music is catchy and incorporates several ideas that areoften taken for granted in popular music. Many styles of music mixedtogether engaged the listener and the lyrics were full of life andzest. The casting was very well done (where else could you find ParisHilton and Sarah Brightman in the same cast?) and allowed eachcharacter to have their outstanding quality that made them memorable.This movie easily could become a cult classic, as it's right up therewith "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"! Go see it, it's totally worth thetime. More than worth it, actually.

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