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March 21, 2013
Director, actor to appear in Sacramento with cult hit 'Repo! The Genetic Opera'


Friday night at Sacramento's Colonial Theatre, songs will be sung, organs will be extracted (on screen), and a cult-horror film director and star will interact with fans.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor/writer/performer Terrance Zdunich will accompany their horror rock-opera films "Repo! The Genetic Opera" and "The Devil's Carnival, Episode I." The films will be presented as a double feature.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Zdunich will sing a song from "Devil's Carnival," and he and Bousman -- who also directed the second, third and fourth "Saw" films -- will hold a Q&A with audience members.

"Repo!" involves rock songs, widespread human-organ failure and a corporation that finances organ replacement and then repossesses the organs of those who can't cough up cash for payments.

"Repo!" was (barely) released by Lionsgate in 2008, despite one of the more intriguing casts of the past decade, with Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton and pop opera star Sarah Brightman among its actors.

But the film found new life through midnight screenings and "shadowcasts" -- actors performing along with the film a la "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Amber's Sweets, a performance-troupe offshoot of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, has held shadowcasts at the Colonial.

Bousman, reached by phone Thursday, said he was sure "Repo!" would be a hit before its studio release.

"When anyone makes a movie, they think, deep down, 'This is going to do amazing, this is going to be big,'" he said. "I thought it was going to be 'Les Mis' or 'Chicago.' I was coming off 'Saw.' We were kind of slapped in the face when it was released in four theaters."

Rather than let it drop, Bousman and crew toured with it, and the film reached "cult classic" status within a few years. 'Rocky' took almost 15 years" to do that, Bousman points out. "But now we have social media."

Bousman and Zdunich made their subsequent, horror rock opera, "The Devil's Carnival" (also starring Sorvino, along with sean Patrick Flanery and "90210" actress Jessica Lowndes) independent of a studio.

They took the 60-minute first episode around the country. Sacramento actress Stephanie Hydenacted as mistress of ceremonies during the tour, Bousman said. Tonight's program will include a preview of "Carnival" episode 2.


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