What we have here is a rock horror opera all about a giant corporation, named GeneCo, that helps cure ill people but proves to be quite a nasty “saviour” when it comes time to pay the bill. Anyone who cannot keep up payments ends up having their organs removed and reclaimed by repo men.
Just who the hell does Darren Lynn Bousman think he is? That’s what I want to know. Not only does he direct a rock horror opera (based on the stage play that was originally conceived as The Necromerchant’s Debt) that delivers the goods on the rock, the horror AND the opera but he does so with a cast that includes Alexa Vega (much, MUCH improved here from when she was a lass), Sarah Brightman (who, with some digitised eyes, becomes a bit cool and sexy for the first time ever) AND Paris Hilton (admittedly, her role as a spoilt heiress may not have been too much of a stretch for her but I am shocked and stunned to say that . . . . . . . . . . . . she was GOOD in this, actually very good).
There’s also the fantastic Anthony Head, Paul Sorvino and Bill Moseley in there and all of them do some great stuff.
The songs are okay, for the most part, although there are at least three that really end up going all out in a majorly rocktastic way (and Zydrate Anatomy remains my favourite) and while it borders on the lame and cheesy in places things somehow end up perfectly poised on a precipice of cool. It doesn’t make it seem effortless, by any means, and there are one or two moments that come perilously close to making you feel as you do when/if your parents ever sing along to the latest Eminem song but it deserves high praise for all of the material and set-pieces that work.
For the first time in a long, long time, I genuinely did not know what to expect from a film and so I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and entirely I was drawn in to the world of pain, death, drugs . . . . . . . . . . and opera.
DIRECTOR: DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN
CAST: ANTHONY HEAD, PAUL SORVINO, ALEXA VEGA, BILL MOSELEY, PARIS HILTON, SARAH BRIGHTMAN
RUNTIME: 98 MINS APPROX