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11.12.08 21 Comments

Repo the Genetic Opera is a goth musical rock opera starring Paris Hilton, and as you can imagine it’s getting some pretty terrible reviews.  Luckily, director Darren Lynn Bousman has a totally original explanation for all this:

“The reviews have been so polarizing. Some of the reviews are atrocious, in fact I’ll read you one right now, it says, “‘Repo! A Genetic Opera’, this year’s worst film, or the worst film ever made”. The next one underneath that calls it “a breath of fresh air, best movie I’ve seen all year”. So, that is the majority of the reviews. They are completely polarizing, and you know what, that’s what I wanted to make. I wanted to make something that wasn’t safe, that was dangerous, and I think we accomplished that.”

I think a dude praised Picasso or someone for polarizing reactions to his work one time, just to be different, and somehow polarizing reactions = great work instantly became the first commandment of the hack bible.

“It sucks because the majority of people will go on and they will read the reviews, but this is not a movie for critics. It’s just not, it’s a movie for fans.”

I know, critics suck!  Fans are so much better! They just pay money and then when they have an opinion they don’t write it down!

“The movie lives up to exactly what I said it was going to be, it’s a rock opera. That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. In fact, it’s not for everyone. That’s a select group of people.

“What I don’t respect is personal attacks. I guess that’s the thing that kind of took me by surprise. One of the critics actually called me a douchebag. Which, I am a douchebag, but this guy doesn’t fucking know me to call me a douchebag. That’s the kind of thing that took me by surprise. If you’re going to critique the movie that’s one thing, but don’t make a personal attack on me.

“Love Repo!, or hate it, I guarantee you you haven’t seen anything like it.”
[via BloodyGoodHorror – thanks to EyesOnly for the tip]

Now here he has a point. Me, I hate the music in this movie and I’m not a big horror movie fan so I know right off the bat that I’d never sit through this in a million years, especially not just for the sake of writing a mean review.  But it’s still kind of pathetic to hear someone repeat the same tired tropes, about bad reviews being a good thing and critics being somehow different than fans, that were never really true in the first place.  Wouldn’t it worry you to give the same interview answers as the guys from Spinal Tap?

Anyway, this movie isn’t my cup of tea, fine.  It doesn’t seem so much a new thing as a compilation of old things that I hate.  But even speaking as an objective observer, I can’t imagine goth music lovers and horror movie freaks are huge Paris Hilton fans.  I’m not sure how to end this, but I guess the moral of the story is that Paris Hilton sucks and she should never be allowed to do anything.

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