Usually when you ask someone what their favourite film is, they’ll say one of the classics like ‘The Shawshank Redemption‘ or ‘The Godfather‘ or ‘Pulp Fiction’. Personally I don’t have an all-time favourite film, rather a collection of films that I enjoy, depending on things like what mood I’m in, or if I’m watching with other people etc. So today I figured that I’d talk about one of these favourite films of mine, Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Repo! is a horror rock-opera by Darren Lynn Bousman (you may remember him for his work on the Saw series), released in 2008. It is set in a dystopian future where organ transplants for cosmetic purposes are a common trend. To finance these organ transplants, people take out payment plans (think ‘BrightHouse’, but slightly more evil). However for those who are unable to keep up with their payments, the organ company ‘GeneCo’ sends out the Repo Men – tasked with reclaiming their property.
The story itself revolves around a 17 year old girl, Shilo, (played by Alexa Vega, from Spy Kids fame) who discovers her father, Dr Nathan Wallace (played by Buffy’s Anthony Head) is one of GeneCo’s repo men. Meanwhile GeneCo’s founder, Rotti Largo (played by Goodfellas‘ Paul Sorvino) is told he is dying and as such, he needs to find an heir out of his family of wayward children (played by Bill Moseley, Ogre and Paris Hilton).
What makes Repo! so fantastic is the music itself. A mixture of rock, techno and some classical thrown together with some brilliant vocals (Sarah Brightman, of worldwide singing renown, steals the show with her song ‘Chromaggia’); and Anthony Head has a very decent singing voice, something that surprised me. With it being a horror film, there are, naturally, moments of gore – well, the film is about removing people’s organs.
So if you’re a fan of horror films, a fan of musicals, or perhaps a fan of both then I strongly recommend you check out Repo! – it’s 97 minutes of blood and guts, all wrapped up in a neat little song.
Check it out here!