Repo Man, Cult Classic: Facts And Trivia About The Punk Rock Black Comedy

By Jacob Shelton
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The life of a repo man is always intense. Maybe the most cult of cult movies, Repo Man is a hard film to pin down. Part comedy, part science-fiction, and part treatise on nuclear war, its end times death drive through Los Angeles was written and directed by Englishman Alex Cox. Starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, the film's venomous nihilism is the antithesis of everything happening in mainstream cinema in the 1980s. Oh, and it was produced by Mike Nesmith from The Monkees.

Filmed at a time when movies like Back to the Future and Sixteen Candles were wistfully looking back at the 1950s, Repo Man has no nostalgia for the past, it absolutely hates the present, and has no faith in the future. Filmed on a budget that any seasoned director would scoff at, Cox packed UFOs, time travelers, punk rock, globalization, and the dumbing down of society into a blender and pressed puree.

How does a bleakly comic film that moves through genres like a punk band moves through chord changes become a cult classic? It doesn't matter what it takes, Repo Man's got all night.