If you know me, you know I love a good musical. Especially a genre musical. My favorite movie of all time is Phantom of the Paradise. I’m a fan of people who make musicals that mix genres and themes. And this one seems to be right up my alley. Danger Diva comes from the mind of one Robert McGinley. If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s and frequented the video store, you might know his name better as Orpheus in his first film (and one that I still champion today), Shredder Orpheus.
God I love that film so much. Quick story, when I first saw that film back in the early ’90s, I was enthralled by the raw feel and the whole concept of skateboarders going to Hell itself to stop this machine from brainwashing America.
And this is why I love Robert McGinley so much. He comes up with some crazy concepts and then actually makes the films to showcase those ideas. Danger Diva seems to be in the same wheelhouse, with that genre mashing and high concept mentality. McGinley explains, “In the midst of this rock ‘n roll saga, the audience will have an opportunity to ponder future technology nightmares like the use of enslaved human brains as external hard drive processors, or employing human offspring as vehicles for life extension.”
From the plot synopsis:
DANGER DIVA is a music driven cyberpunk thriller about a hard rocking singer coerced into becoming an electronically enhanced new-music diva by her high tech billionaire patron. Set in the near future, her singing voice is used to control and energize the brains of employees that are being used as external processors for the corporation’s high tech clients. Referred to as Brain Cattle, the workers operate in a digital sweatshop processing binary algorithms, functioning musically as a chorus for the diva.
DANGER DIVA explores the conflict between high tech vs. high touch, and what it means to be human in a digitally enhanced future.
And that already has me wanting to see this film the moment I’m able to. I’m soon going to go into a deep dive with this newest film and his classic Shredder Orpheus (which you can order with the amazing soundtrack on vinyl right here). More info will be available about the release for Danger Diva via their website as well as the soundtrack for sale over at the amazing Light In The Attic.