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Repo! The Genetic Opera

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Topic: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Posted By: Steef
Subject: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 1:29pm
I found a trailer accidentally and fell in love with it immediately. Can't wait for it to air!
The story:
"An epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Panic erupts and scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest. Out of the tragedy, GeneCo, a multi-billion dollar biotech company, emerges. GeneCo provides organ transplantation for a profit. In addition to financing options, GeneCo reserves the right to implement default remedies, including repossession. For those who can't keep up with their organ payments, collection is the responsibility of "organ repo men", skilled assassins contracted by GeneCo, ordered to recover GeneCo's property by any means necessary.

At the heart of the story is Shilo Wallace (Alexa Vega), a 17 year-old girl with a rare blood disease. She has been kept locked up and protected in her house, where she is guarded from the outside world by her father, Nathan Wallace (Anthony Head). While Shilo struggles with her wish to leave the house and experience the outside world, Nathan struggles with his job as the repo man, and more specifically, his next target, a woman named Blind Mag (Sarah Brightman). Blind Mag was a friend of Nathan's now-deceased wife, and is Shilo's godmother.

The Largo family, consisting of GeneCo president Rotti (Paul Sorvino), his daughter Amber (Paris Hilton), and his two sons Luigi and Pavi (Bill Moseley and Nivek Ogre, respectively), have their own plans. Rotti is dying, and the three siblings bicker and fight about who is to take the role as head of GeneCo.

The stories intertwine and merge at the GeneCo opera."

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Starring: Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Paul Surviro, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre and many others...
Official website: -
What do you think about it?

Er ... Boo.

Posted By: Kaej
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 2:26pm
That looks amazing, will definitely go and see that.

Didn't know anthony head could belt out a tune either.


People are plentiful, talent is not. - freetobeme

Posted By: forgottenartist
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 2:53pm
i definitly love this movie....and i haven't even seen it yet....but ive been following it since i think saw 3 or 4.....hmmm

Posted By: Steef
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 3:23pm
Well, I'm a huge Buffy fan and he sang a few songs in there.. [and I knew he was part of the London cast of The Rocky Horror Picture show in 1991.. Found a video on Youtube, him dancing in stockings and heels.. Wonderful :)]
I also love the bandleaders "Everybody! Everybody!... Get up!... People! People! People!" Somehow it adds an 'umph' to the sound! :) 

Er ... Boo.

Posted By: you-fail-me
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 4:04pm
It looks awesome, I will be going to see it.

Posted By: zencat
Date Posted: July/06/2008 at 5:45pm
love the concept - will defo give it a watch... :)

It's not the fall that matters. It's the landing.

Posted By: krisb
Date Posted: November/18/2008 at 10:52pm
It was worth every penny, every minute, every ounce of love and passion poured into it

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Orlando showing of Repo! The Genetic Opera as the last stop of the first Repo Road Tour. For those who aren't aware, the director Darren Lynn Bousman and co-creator/friendly neighborhood graverobber Terrance Zdunich paid out of pocket to take Repo! on tour around the country. Seven cities in seven days with the tagline "It's not just a movie... it's an EVENT".

And it was.  We showed up at the Enzian Theater at 4pm and sat at the Eden bar, prepared to enjoy ourselves for six hours while we waited for the movie to start. We met people who were members of the discussion forums (, and we met people who didn't know the boards existed. We talked it up with several people and helped others secure their standby tickets. (standby tickets were handed out so that if there was room after the actual ticket holders were seated, they could purchase a ticket to get in.)

Oh, that's something I forgot to mention. The show was sold out 2 1/2 weeks prior to the show-date.

I walked into the theater knowing only 2 things for certain:

1) I love the soundtrack.
2) I've been waiting for this film for months and was very active in promoting it. I hoped like hell that I didn't talk a bunch of people into spending $15 to see a truly crappy movie.

I didn't have to worry about point number two - Repo is FAR better than "the worst movie of the year" *cough*tropicthunder*cough*

There are so many things I could talk about, but you don't need a novel. You need to know what to expect without getting details... so here's the deal. The ONLY thing you really need as a potential audience member is an open mind.  The following are some items that can help you open it, just in

What Every Person Interested in Repo Should Know

Repo is NOT a musical. It cannot be accurately described as "Rocky Horror meets Blade Runner." I'm sorry, but whoever said that did this film a serious disservice. (Darren, if it was you, I'm doubly sorry)  It's nothing like Rocky. I don't think there's anything wrong with Rocky Horror - I love that movie too, but it is known for the oddities, the sexually taboo (well, at least for the times) and so on.

Repo is, as the name infers, an opera. A rock opera.

Repo is NOT a mainstream movie. It isn't going to resemble much of anything you've ever seen before (unless you were lucky enough to have witnessed any of the many stage performances since the story of the Repo Man emerged from the minds of Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich). Some of you might even see this movie and hate it! Because it's a grass roots project, it had a low budget. The only criticism I could think to offer about Repo was that the editing was a bit choppy - mostly due to budget constraints they had to cut out an HOUR'S worth of material! I can't wait to see it again on the big screen, but my biggest hope is to get a fully-featured director's cut of the film, with EVERYTHING they have in the archives. I had a big tweak of disappointment because I didn't want it to end! I wanted more!

More Shilo! More of the Largos! More Blind Mag! And of course, because he's my favorite, MORE ASH! (Anthony Stewart Head)

My hope is that, if you're like many of the people who will neighbor you in the theater, you will be excited and intrigued by the unknown. By the possibility to see something original. Something artistic and emotional.  Something that had thousands of people waiting to get in on chance over the course of a one week tour.

Something that had people driving from hours away to see, in costume, because they won't get the chance in their home town. Some couldn't even see it in their state.  And of course there is the two stories of those fans who flew in - one to the Chicago showing from Paris, France and one to our Orlando showing from Puerto Rico.

The best way to learn more is to visit the film's official website at .  You may get to see a couple clips online, and get a copy of the soundtrack, but you won't get the full scope of the film's true EXPERIENCE until you see it and make your own decision.

Probably the most humbling point of the evening was that Darren and Terrance took questions from the audience and made this plain: Their goal is not to make you love it, and manufacture a following. They encourage you to talk about the movie, whether you loved it or hated it.

I loved it. 

Posted By: iamstrangepants
Date Posted: November/18/2008 at 10:55pm
Sounds cool.. If you like weird movies you guy should see Perfume. its weird in a similar way

Posted By: evalution
Date Posted: November/18/2008 at 11:32pm
perfume is great.
i'm really excited about repo. my friend sent me the trailer like a month ago.
<3 anthony head. SINGING!
i didn't realize it was paris hilton until i saw her name. good makeup, i suppose. haha.

Posted By: Megatronx
Date Posted: November/20/2008 at 2:05am
I was supposed to go see it on the tour when they came to Atlanta last week.
Unfortunately my friend from Alabama chose to visit the SAME night, and it was sold out so I couldn't get him a ticket.
And I couldn't just ditch him either :/
it was quite upsetting.

I'll definitely be picking it up the moment it hits DVD though.

Posted By: lAsphyxial
Date Posted: November/20/2008 at 7:38am
man i am hoping this gets a DVD Release at some point i forgot how i seen the trailer but damn it looks really good.

[Gott ist tot_]

Posted By: Megatronx
Date Posted: November/20/2008 at 5:45pm
Originally posted by lAsphyxial

man i am hoping this gets a DVD Release at some point i forgot how i seen the trailer but damn it looks really good.

I heard a rumor it would be released on DVD in early 2009. I sure do hope so.

Posted By: jonnie RoTTon
Date Posted: December/02/2008 at 12:30am
AHH i saw 'repo!' opening night here in SF...fucking amazing. how i love love love OhGr and bill mosely (and perfume haha, i have a tiny crush on alan rickman). paris hilton was friggin hot in that movie.

Posted By: jonnie RoTTon
Date Posted: December/02/2008 at 12:31am
Originally posted by lAsphyxial

man i am hoping this gets a DVD Release at some point i forgot how i seen the trailer but damn it looks really good.
DVD release is looking like january 2009

Posted By: lAsphyxial
Date Posted: December/06/2008 at 4:35pm
awesome i already have it saved in my netflix queue 

[Gott ist tot_]

Posted By: freakychild
Date Posted: January/21/2009 at 9:10pm
REPO is a great movie... a friend of mine works at a local movie store and lets me take new movies....

it's a must watch... must buy....
for anybody that likes musicals, you'll love the film...

OhGr ('ogre' in the credits) formerly of Skinny Puppy, plays a great role... as does, of all people, Paris Hilton....

there's a great musical scene where Paris' character (Amber Sweet) and Blind Mag (played by Sarah Brightman) come across one another.... you can see contempt, real or acted, on Sarah's face as she turns away from Amber.... it's a fleeting thing....

Anthony Stewart Head was the best choice that could ever be made for his part...
notice, as you watch and hear, that Anthony changes the tone of his voice and singing when switching from one persona to the next... you'll know what i mean when you see it, just keep it in mind...

anyway, have fun...

Posted By: BlueTroll
Date Posted: January/24/2009 at 2:28pm
I thought it was well done, it was a good movie... I liked the rock/punk/opera mix.. we have the DVD and we're getting the blu-ray for the extra's.. The storyline was something I like, I like medical movies.
It reminded me of Sweeney Todd a bit, it had the same "vibe", the surroundings and stuff.. old fashioned futuristic..
I'd definitely watch it again.
The best was Paris Hilton's face falling off though...

Posted By: zencat
Date Posted: January/25/2009 at 5:23am
+1 bluetroll, her face falling off was priceless! :)

here's a link (try version 2), the copy i watched was near dvd quality...

It's not the fall that matters. It's the landing.

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