Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Written & Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich


Alexa Vega ... Shilo Wallace
Paul Sorvino ... Rotti Largo
Anthony Head ... Nathan / Repo Man
Sarah Brightman ... Blind Mag
Paris Hilton ... Amber Sweet
Bill Moseley ... Luigi Largo
Nivek Ogre ... Pavi Largo
Terrance Zdunich ... Graverobber

Release Dates: Fantasia Film Festival: July 18, 2008; Nuremberg Fantasy Filmfest: September 2, 2008; Atlantic Film Festival: September 12, 2008; Austin Fantastic Fest: September 19, 2008; Edmonton International Film Festival: September 26, 2008; Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival: October 4, 2008; Toronto After Dark Film Festival: October 18, 2008; Limited Theatrical: November 7, 2008; Gérardmer Film Festival: January 30, 2009; London FrightFest Film Festival: March 7, 2009.

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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.


A nice beginning with a Graverobber introducing the story acting totally insane bringing a nice touch to the story.
There's many good close up shots on him performing his son while injecting corpses with drugs which looked totally dark and creepy.
There's a nice duet between Nathan singing with Shilo Wallace while she's sick in bed as well as her acting powerful singing to a portait of her mother on the wall and prancing around the room and acting strongly dramatic.
A great presence by Blind Mag calling to Shilo and telling her who she is which looked ghostly as well as Nathan acting like a brute towards Blind Mag with Shilo by trying to convince him what will happen to her which looked strongly done.
Many nice shots on the Graverobber in an alleyway dancing around and injecting some of the women with his drug and them acting crazy as well as doing many zany dance numbers with him as the whole scene looked perfectly twisted and one of the best moments in this film ever.
We spot some nice moments with Nathan looking insane and putting on his uniform about to do some killings as well as him swinging his knife towards some of his victims tied in a chair.
There's nice moments with Luigi Largo by acting obnoxious towards other in a dressing room before the opera starts with him acting menacing too.
A good shot on a supporting character Marni hanging on a rope at the opera stage acting gothic like and then torturing herself which looked almost hard to watch and then tragic moments with her happening.
Also a nice duet dispute between Shilo telling Nathan that she hates him and running away with lots of tense moments with this scene.
There's a nice slaughtering war which involved Nathan, Rotti Largo and Luigi on the stage with many powerful actions on all of them.
Bottom line is that many horror films like Phantom of the Opera, Evil Dead or Carrie became stage musicals due to their popularity as horror films so the makers decided to make a horror muscial as it almost seems to be a tribute to the Hostel flicks with a touch of Phantom of the Opera. I had to say that this film really worked as the musical numbers were very intense and disturbing with all that is happening and original with the storyline too.
I sometimes had a hard time reviewing this piece since I've never reviewed a horror musical but did the best I could since it was worth reviewing plus it was fun watching it all the way through with a good kick ass rocking score from start to finish in it. Plus it had many cast members who had musical stage experience as well as horror film actors too trying to take the bull by it's horns by pursuing musical acting too so all in all it was like a party flick.

The musical acting is terrific in which we have a nice tense performance by Alexa Varga (Shilo Wallace) as a young sick person who brings tons of charisma and character to her part in the film never slacking off with 100 percent pure energy too. She really knew what she was doing with her part in the flick.
Paul Sorvino
(Rotti Largo) had the perfect look as a mafia leader in the film looking stocky and rough like plus had a terrific and powerful singing voice which was one of the film's plus without a doubt. He delivered alot to the story with what he had to do in it.
Anthony Head
(Nathan / Repo Man) really knew how to act like a disturbed type of a family man in the film as well as showing terrific insane expressions on set. He was also terrific with his menacing attitude too. A true horror character he was.
arah Brightman (Blind Mag) had the prefect looks as a gothic type of person and seemed to look very ghostly in her presence of the film and was powerful in her singing voice to top it all off in which she was supposed to have done. Another great pointer for this cast member.
Bill Moseley
(Luigi Largo) was mainly an actor than a singer but was passable and does well with his obnoxious attitude in the film like he normally plays in other horror flick and does a musical horror performance with this one. He stood out very well in his role.
I have to tell you the best character actor throughout this whole movie was Terrance Zdunich (Graveroober) with his evil looks as well as playing like a madman he just stole the show with his whole performance in the film. He did everything from going wild as well as his zany dancing. A fellow who knew his craft for this story. He deserves an award for best supporting actor if he hasn't gotten one yet.

Paris Hilton takes off a coat in an opera theatre exposing her breasts.

A woman's stomach is cut open while rescuing a newborn
Many bodies are cut open with their insides torn out
A face is torn off
A hand is cut off
A woman is impaled on a metal fence on stage at an opera along with many violent bloodsheds and guts lying around
Eyes are ripped out

The music was very superb having electronic rock music with the heavy keyboard playing as well as the heavy pounding guitar riffs throughout this musical. It was very original and extremely effective making the story look great all composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich.