At nearly 27 years since the cult classic Repo Man was released, Repo Chick has been a looong time coming. But director Alex Cox’s “non-sequel” to what’s arguably his most famous film has finally nabbed itself a theatrical release and home video plans.
Reactions to the trailer when it emerged this January were… mixed, to say the least.
The official synopsis: Spoiled rich girl Pixxi De La Chasse has been disinherited by her family due to her numerous arrests for bad driving, her failure to get a job and her overall lack of some semblance of a responsible life. When her car gets repossessed, Pixxi ends up getting hired by repo men Arizona Gray and Aguas, and she soon becomes the best repo chick around with the help of her entourage – punk girl confidante, model-looks bodyguard and flaming stylist. While she’s on the hunt for some antique railroad cars which carry a million-dollar bounty reward (also being sought out by a secret government agency!), a clueless Pixxi ends up on a wacky train ride which is actually a plot by a terrorist organization. If their demands for the criminalization of golf are not met, then the train (whose caboose is carrying long-missing growler bombs from the Soviet Communist era!) is headed straight for downtown Los Angeles. It’s up to Pixxi De La Chasse to save LA!
Laugh all you want at the green screen effects, but Oscar winner Phil Tippett (Empire Strikes Back, Cloverfield, Drag Me To Hell) worked on the stop-motion effects, along with Collateral Image.
Repo Chick will open in NYC at the IFC Center on January 14th and then in LA at the Downtown Independant on January 21st. On Feburary 8th it will hit blu-ray and dvd with a bevvy of bonuses. If you’re interested in the film there’s a three-part behind the scenes featurette on YouTube. Here’s the first part.