Nov 012010

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a goth rock opera. If that isn’t enough to make you run out and get it, you may not like this one.

Set in the year 2056, organ failures have become an epidemic. Enter GeneCo, a biotech company, to save the day with organ transplants for those that can pay. Repossession of organs becomes legal and if you fall behind on your payments, a repo man will come to repossess your organs. Organs replacements become a fashion statement and people become increasingly addicted to a painkiller called Zydrate.

When I first saw the trailer for Repo! The Genetic Opera, I was intrigued but hesitant. As I started watching it for the first time, I cringed. The songs were a bit repetitive, as songs often are, and I feared the entire show would be nothing more than an over the top music video with very little if any plot.

Without spoiling the entire movie, the plot is more in-depth than I expected. Sarah Brightman (Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera) was a surprise as The Voice of GeneCo, Blind Mag. Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, and Alexa Vega have incredible voices and were a pleasure to watch and listen to. Anthony Stewart Head put so much passion into the part that I really believed his plight.

This was was my first time encountering Anthony Stewart Head. I was instantly enchanted. Repo! The Genetic Opera is what spurred me to give the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series a chance. The bugging from my daughter was the clincher, of course. I had actually seen Head in Taster’s Choice commercials long ago, but I didn’t know that until recently.

The children of GenoCo are another story. The audience was supposed to hate them, and I did hate them. Sometimes listening to them was like fingernails on a chalkboard followed by repeated stabbings in the ear by a dull knife. However, I think this is actually a compliment to the actors that played the sons, Nivek Ogre and Bill Moseley. I found Paris Hilton’s role as the daughter less offensive than the two sons. I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t think she was that horrible. The part, a spoil rich brat, was made for her.

Repo! The Genetic Opera has been dubbed a cult classic in some circles and the worst movie ever made in others. I’m in the cult classic camp. I’ve seen Repo! The Genetic Opera multiple times, the songs get stuck in my head, and I often find myself imagining what else could be done with the setting.

Repo! The Genetic Opera isn’t for everyone, but it has it’s place and it’s following. If you like musicals, rock opera, and horror give Repo! The Genetic Opera a try.

Oct 292010

The Exorcist 1973The Exorcist scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

While slow paced compared to the movies produced today, The Exorcist still stands out as one of the scariest movies of all time. The Exorcist changed the genre and scared several generations of movie watchers. Even at 37 years old, The Exorcist still scares and entertains.

Other Movies Considered:

The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, Poltergeist, Psycho, Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, The Grudge, 28 Days Later, The Complete Omen Collection (The Omen – 1976/ The Omen – 2006/ Damien: The Omen II/ The Omen III: The Final Conflict/ The Omen IV: The Awakening), Zombieland, Creepshow, Tales From The Crypt Presents – Demon Knight, Jacob’s Ladder, Twilight Zone – The Movie

Oct 282010

Trick 'r TreatTrick ‘r Treat (2008) was the first Halloween movie I was excited about in a long time. While the actual release wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was a fun romp for a Halloween and horror/thriller movie fan. Several stories are weaved together and if you pay close attention, you can see things in the background from one of the other tales. While I didn’t find Trick ‘r Treat (2008) scary, it was enjoyable and certainly put me in the Halloween mood.

Oct 272010

Night of the Living Dead (1968)If you read critic reviews and commentary on Night of the Living Dead, you could be left with a sense of wonderment on what the movie is really about. It’s almost like poetry in that people interpret it’s meaning and purpose in ways that the original creators may not have intended. No matter what you believe it’s about in the end, Night of the Living Dead is a pivotal part of horror history.

I suggest the original black and white version. Something about the black and white makes it creepier and the color version ruins some of the “filling in” your imagination does of it’s own accord.

Oct 262010

Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4Freddy Krueger has always been a favorite movie monster. The ability to terrorize people in their dreams is one of the scariest concepts out there. A Nightmare on Elm Street has plagued a few generations with nightmares of Freddy.

Wes Craven creates something in the Freddy series that is rare and exactly what I look for in a horror movie. Actual fear and scares instead of a gore fest. Sure, there’s blood and guts and gore, but many movies today forget about fear and go for the disgusting. I think maybe A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the reasons movies don’t scare me anymore. Nothing tops the bastard child of 1000 manics.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the remake yet. To me, Robert Englund is Freddy. Remakes can be fun and different takes on a movie are interesting to me, so I’ll watch it someday.

Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8Unlike most people, I enjoyed the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Sure, I liked some better than others, but I couldn’t get enough of Freddy. If they were still making A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s with Robert Englund as Freddy, I’m sure I would still be watching them. I might be wondering why, but I’d still be watching.

You could make an entire marathon out of just A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

If anyone watches the remake, let me know what you thought of it. I’m interested to see something other than critic reviews since I seem to rarely agree with the critics.

Here’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8 for the full Freddy experience.

Oct 252010

Ghost Story 1981Ghost Storyactually began my love for the works of Robert Bloch (author of Psycho). With an all-star cast list (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Alice Krige, Patricia Neal) and haunting storyline, Ghost Story has remained one of my all-time favorite classics.

Ghost Story was released in 1981 and is limited by the technology of the time, but I’ve always thought it stands the test of time better than many movies from that era. I haven’t seen it in ages, but when I started compiling my top ten list, this was one of the first movies I thought of.

Oct 222010

Scream TrilogySave all the booing and hissing! I know there are plenty of people that hate the Scream Trilogy. Scream made way for a string of 1990’s teen screams that just didn’t live up to what Scream started.

If you’re a horror movie buff, the Scream Trilogy is worth watching for the inside jokes and references to classic horror movies even if you don’t enjoy the movies themselves.

Oct 212010

The Ring (2002)
Creepy and actually on the verge of scary, The Ring managed to draw me in and take me for a ride. Make sure if you get the version of the DVD that has the choice to either “Play Movie” or “Don’t Watch This” that you watch what it tells you not to. I promise your phone won’t ring and you won’t die… at least I didn’t.

Oct 202010

Stir of Echoes (1999)When I first watched Stir of Echoes, I was on the edge of my seat. The first 10 minutes set the tone for the rest of the movie. Rarely am I unnerved, but this movie kept me rapt.

Stir of Echoes is an underrated movie that doesn’t get much attention. Kevin Bacon does an excellent job and his obsession with the events unfolding add to the creepiness factor. I’ve used and probably overused my favorite line from this movie for years now. “Look what I’m not cleaning up!”

Oct 192010

Shaun of the Dead (2004)Shaun of the Dead is a British black comedy that embraces its zombie horror genre, while delivering laughs at the zombie nature of our current society. Sometimes childish and silly, Shaun of the Dead also manages some tense scenes as the characters deal with the zombie invasion that has plagued London.

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