The Art of Darkness

Repo! The Genetic Opera

October 28th, 2008 by Cobwebs

After an original release date of last April, this rock opera is finally scheduled for limited release (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas) on November 7 and will be released on DVD next January. It’s a kind of cyberpunk-gore-goth-drama…thing.

The plot involves a not-too-distant dystopian future where massive organ failure is rampant and a company called GeneCo provides transplants for a price. Those who can’t keep up the payments on their new organs may have them repossessed by company-employed legal assassins. One of these assassins, played by Anthony Stewart Head, has to keep his profession secret from his daughter whilst also targeting someone close to him. Sounds…angsty.

Head is probably best known on this side of the pond for playing Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he’s actually got a great voice and a lot of stage-acting experience, including a turn as Dr. Frank N. Furter in a London revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (a bit of intrepid googling will turn up pictures of him dressed as Frank. Don’t say I didn’t warn you).

Paris Hilton also “acts” in the film, but since her role is a vapid, spoiled, rich girl I don’t think she’ll have any trouble pulling it off.

There’s an official movie site, but I will warn you that it’s all Flash-based navigation. Boo, hiss.

Anyway, looks like fun. Thanks to Shadaughter and her mildly unhealthy Anthony Stewart Head addiction for pointing this out to me.

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