Most people have a belief that musicals are happy cheerful affairs. While that is true in many instances, there is a dark side to musical films. Those films that combine music with the macabre. These films vary from very dark science fiction/horror films to more lightweight fanciful films with just a touch of darkness. Here are ten of the best dark musical films, the musical macabre.
1. Repo! The Genetic Opera- A film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman of Saw fame, Repo! The Genetic Opera is based on a stage play by Bousman and Terrance Zdunich. Set in a future where your life is collateral for your organ transplants. Miss a payment on your new heart and the Repo Man will pay you a visit and repossess it. Starring Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman and genre favorite Bill Moseley. With a mix of musical stars and actors with little musical background, Repo could have been a colossal failure but instead is pure musical gold. It didn't perform well at the box office but has already achieved cult status. The director has taken the film on the road with various vast members in attendance. Repo is a very gory film and contains some profanity and nudity and is probably not suited for younger kids.
2. Sweeny Todd- This film remake of the stage musical about the demon barber of Fleet Street was directed by Tim Burton and stars frequent collaborator Johnny Depp. The film also stars Burton's off screen love Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. Even though the film is gory, the gore is not extremely realistic. Burton decided to go with orange paint to recreate the look of the stage musical. The colors are vibrant against the otherwise drab colors in the film and work effectively.