Net worthless heiress
somehow fit to sing alongside Joan Jett, Daniel Ash, David J.
By Randy Harward
Repo! The Genetic
Opera looks like a cool film. Watch the trailer closely, however, and
you’ll see someone who looks familiar despite her—and the makeup
department’s—best efforts to act and conceal, respectively. Among shots of substantially
more talented artists like Joan Jett, Bauhaus and Love and Rockets principals
David J and Daniel Ash, Skinny Puppy’s Nivek Ogre, Rasputina’s Melora Creager, Sarah
Brightman, Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins and Filter’s Richard Patrick is famous-for-nothing,
hot-as-herpes Paris Hilton. And get this: she’s one of the vocal leads.
According to the film’s Wikipedia entry, filmmaker Darren
Bousman was initially cool to the idea of auditioning what David Cross so
accurately called a “rich, giggling cunt,” he gave in and upon seeing her do
her thing—oh, here it comes—said she “rocked” the soundbooth audition. Really? Or
did she just pull a Sharon Stone with a nitrous oxide/pepper spray surprise to
cloud his judgment? KOFF! CHOKE!
More likely is the filmmakers decided their film—which also
stars Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head (Buffy
the Vampire Slayer), Alexa Vega (Spy
Kids), and B-horror luminary Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pt. 2, every Rob Zombie movie)—needed a
little more star power, even if it was of the cheap and easy variety. And
that’s a shame, because it really does look like a good movie.
The film–from the producers of the Saw franchise–is set in the future, where organ failure is now an
epidemic and replacement parts are sold like new automobiles. Also just like with
car loans, when you default on the payments, the repo man comes knockin’. And
guess how he reclaims the property? Yup—he comes like a thief in the night,
and… you know.
The music, which you can sample here, is also pretty good.
The songs are darkly funny in a Spring
Awakening kinda way and the film’s Sin
City-in-color graphic novel look is slick. So it could be fucking cool.
Except for She Who’d Pollute the Film With Her Venereal Presence.
Oh, well. We can always hope that the Saw people are just planning a particularly nasty end for her.