Repo! The Genetic Opera Review
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Repo! The Genetic Opera isn’t a traditional horror film, combining elements of musical and horror genres. It is a blending of the genres with gratuitous violence and lyrical dialogue; it is a throwback to past musical horror films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It has the potential to become a cult classic with a dedicated following, much like the aforementioned cult smash The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The story of Repo! The Genetic Opera is set in the not-so distant future when an epidemic of organ failure kills millions. A savior emerges in Geneco, which offers organ transplants for a price, cheating death for now. However, organ repossession is legalized soon after and if payments to Geneco are not met then the repo man is called in to collect.
Repo! The Genetic Opera involves the interconnected lives of Shiloh, a seventeen-year-old girl with a blood disease; Nathan, her father who secretly hunts the night for organs as the repo man; Blind Mag, the face of Geneco; and Rotti Largo, the founder of Geneco. Rotti’s children (Luigi Largo, Pavi Largo, and Amber Sweet) vying for the title of Geneco heir brings comedic elements to this sick and twisted world where surgery is a fashion statement.
Violence and gore is wicked in Repo! The Genetic Opera. An upside down spine repossession is only one of several repossession in the film by our dear Nathan (Anthony Stewart Head). Nathan seems to possess two personalities: One is the violent, merciless repo man and the other is the loving, doting father of Shiloh (Alexa Vega). His violent nature is emphasized with a rougher gravelly voice. Luigi (Bill Moseley) is aggressively violent throughout the film, reprimanding employees by stabbing them to death.
Repo! The Genetic Opera is a modern Rocky Horror Picture Show. It will not become a hit with every horror fan or with every musical fan, but those who enjoy both genres may have a new favorite on their hands. With each cut of a scalpel, Repo! The Genetic Opera will become a cult classic among those devoted fans.