Terrance Zdunich is one of the original masterminds behind the movie and original stage cabaret of REPO! The Genetic Opera. He not only co-created the indie cabaret but wrote and acted in Darren Lynn Bousman’s feature film. Even before its limited theatrical release and eventual DVD release, REPO! began to form a cult following due to its energetic mix of horror, comedy, and musical. Now the film has spawned multiple “shadow casts” across the country that perform to packed houses at midnight showings. Although there is no sequel currently in the works, Terrance Zdunich (Graverobber in the movie) is in the middle of creating a new world for his fans to immerse themselves in. He is writing and drawing a new comic series entitled The Molting. For info on the series and a link to a full interview regarding the comic, read on.
In an interview with Rue Morgue, Zdunich explains that The Molting is about “dysfunctional families, screaming banshee-like moms and dark secrets hidden away in spooky attics. The true horror of The Molting, however, is in the seemingly mundane existence of one very frightening family, The Pryzkinds.”
He goes on to explain the importance and origin of the title of the comic series, “The title The Molting is actually in reference to a cockroach’s ability to molt. When roaches get too big for their shells, they gulp in air, expand ‘til they crack open their exoskeletons, and make way for bigger, stronger cockroach coats. The concept of shedding old skin is a central theme of The Molting and its characters. Since The Molting’s cast is made up of the poor and downtrodden, I thought it appropriate to draw parallels between them and the dreaded roaches lurking within the neighborhood’s walls. This is meant as a compliment. Cockroaches are strong, misunderstood creatures that I personally identify with.”
Zdunick is currently promoting the series through web episodes on his blog. For more info on the man, the project, and the influence of REPO! The Genetic Opera on his life, click here for the entire interview.