Repo! The Genetic Opera is a dazzling, bizarre, gory, fantastic sci-fi/horror-rock opera starring horror-icon Bill Moseley, Broadway star Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, Law and Order) Paris Hilton, Alexa Vega, and a bevy of other delightfully offbeat performers. In 2056, following an epidemic of organ failures, the colossal corporation “GeneCo” offers financing for “designer” body parts, organ transplants, facial reconstruction, and also manufactures a highly addictive pain killer to promote multiple surgeries – but if you fail to make your payments, your purchases (i.e. kidneys, heart, spinal cord) will be repossessed by the terrifying “Repo-man”. The songs, singing, and scenery in this film (despite heavy CGI) are absolutely beautiful, and the characters are unforgettable; if you love Moulin Rouge, Saw, and Rocky Horror Picture Show this is a MUST see.
Back in 2012, right as the zombie apocalypse thing was starting to get too cool, Hollywood knew they needed to release something to capitalize on America’s fascination with the living dead – and World War Z (to me) is that release. Watching World War Z felt like I was playing Left 4 Dead; each scene mirrored a new level I had to complete, (i.e. the “Clear B-Wing” scene) and at times you can see the unfortunate impact of lots-a-movie-makin-drama. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy blockbusters and I liked World War Z in the same, mindless way I enjoyed 2012 (meh), but if you’re expecting anything close to Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, or a film on par with 28 Days Later, Contagion, or other “apocalyptic virus” movies, you might be disappointed.
Some people don’t consider Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs a horror flick because it won the “Best Picture” Oscar in 1992; horror movies don’t win those, right? Anthony Hopkin’s masterful portrayal of the AWESOME Dr. Hannibal Lecter was based on the character from Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, “Red Dragon” (which was the first in the Hannibal trilogy), but did you know that Buffalo Bill was based on a real serial killer/known human-skin-collector in Wisconsin named Ed Gein? Dr. Lecter is the obvious star of this franchise (and one of the most complex characters in cinema history), so after you read the trilogy and watch the films, check out NBC’s new series “Hannibal” on Netflix; it’s the darkest show on television – bar none.