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'Repo!' sews together pop, metal, rap, horror

"Repo! The Genetic Opera" is "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meets "Saw." A horror musical that is bound to become a cult classic, the trailer has had more than half a million views on YouTube in one month. The Twisted Pictures film recently completed principal production and will hit the big screen next year via Lionsgate.

The film already has gotten a fair amount of mainstream press thanks to Paris Hilton, who has a small role.

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed the past three installments of the "Saw" franchise, "Repo!" is set in 2056 and is more or less about the repossession of body parts and a young girl's struggle to find herself.

Before filming began, the producers and actor-singers holed up in a Los Angeles recording studio for two months with musician-composer Yoshiki Hayashi from the seminal Japanese rock band X-Japan. Says Jonathan McHugh, the film's executive producer who also served as music supervisor: "This is by far the most ambitious and unique project I've ever worked on. The amalgamation of musical genres from pop to heavy metal and rap, to name just a few, really blends together to create one of the most diverse soundtracks."

The soundtrack features Richard Patrick (Filter), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), Sonny Moore (From First to Last), David J and Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie), Melora Creager (Rasputina) and Poe.

"We've been fans of many of these bands for a long time, and it was a dream come true to assemble such an all-star roster of musicians," producer Mark Burg says. "They really hit all the right notes in bringing the bizarre fantasy world of the film to life."

All the actors in the all-star cast perform their own songs, including classical crossover star Sarah Brightman in her first film role, Anthony Head (of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame), Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega and Bill Moseley. Also making his acting debut is Kevin Ogilvie, better known as Nivek Ogre, frontman of Skinny Puppy.

"Repo!" is based on a New York and Los Angeles stage production by Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, who also wrote the screenplay and all the music and lyrics.